Two speakers give the history of the 19th century cemeteries and earlier crypts in London. In our first talk: Robert Stephenson gives an overview of the extraordinary period of change that London experienced in the 19th century. It saw a parallel upheaval in burial practices. Many ancient churchyards closed forever and an impressive array of garden cemeteries opened in the suburbs. We learn more about these cemeteries, old and new. In our second talk: Rev Malcolm Johnson draws on his unrivalled knowledge of the crypts of London, since the Great Fire. He describes the often unseen and remarkable details of the number and types of burials accommodated under many London churches. He also explains how, in the last century, new pastoral and commercial initiatives gave such spaces new and vital roles in the life of the church - and what happened to the bodies when this happened!
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