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The Undertaker at Work by Brian Parsons London Cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer by Hugh Mellor and Brian Parsons The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John Clarke The London Way of Death by Brian Parsons J H Kenyon: the first 125 years by Brian Parsons
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Welcome to Brian Parsons’ Website

Brian Parsons

Photo courtesy Richmond Local History Society

Hello, and welcome to my website.

I work freelance providing a training, consultancy and research service under the banner of Funeral Service Training (London).

My website provides further information about me, my publications and my lectures. Links to all of these can be found above.

Meanwhile, you can contact me by emailing info@brianparsons.org.uk

My New Book: London Cemeteries: A Guide and Gazetter

London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer has now been published by The History Press.

London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer is a comprehensive guide to all cemeteries within Greater London. Listed alphabetically and with a map to help locate them, each entry includes the address, the date of foundation, the owner, the size, a note on its history, development and current state, and the names, dates and major achievements of any note-worthy people buried there. There are also chapters on the origins of London’s cemeteries and cemetery history, planning, architecture and epitaphs.

Illustrated throughout with both modern photographs and a wide range of rarely seen archive images, it is an essential source of information for anyone interested in London’s social and architectural history. Alongside a refreshed design, this sixth edition has been extensively revised with updated biographies, additional details about buildings and visitor facilities, fresh research on flora and fauna and entries for 28 further cemeteries in the Greater London area.

Price £25 from The History Press.

Forthcoming Lectures


London's Cemeteries

Society of Genealogists

Online presentation

11 November 2023



Wednesday 17 January 2024

The Victorian Funeral in London

The Friends of Putney Library


 Current Research & Articles in Preparation

Preparing a second edition of Peter Jupp's From Dust to Ashes. Cremation and the British Way of Death (2006)

‘Funeral Directing in Times of Crisis – Past and Present’ Funeral Director Monthly


Burial at Brompton Cemetery: Findings from Funeral Directors Records

Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike

The History of Kingston Cemetery and Crematorium

The eighth of the ‘Magnificent Seven’? The History of Victoria Park Cemetery

You can contact me by emailing info@brianparsons.org.uk