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Showing posts from April, 2019

West Norwood Cemetery in the Twentieth Century

This week I continue my series on Deceased Online's West Norwood Cemetery Collection with an introduction to the many celebrate individuals buried there after 1900.
As the new century dawned, West Norwood saw the burial of John Lawson Johnston (1839-1900), a meat supplier, who became a millionaire after inventing Bovril, a popular fluid beef extract drink of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was buried beneath a large marble monument in the form of a classical portico.

The following year, civil engineer,Richard Henry Brunton (1841-1901), was buried. Brunton designed lighthouses, bridges, roads and harbours in Japan. In honour of this, his new headstone was erected by the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce. 
Others buried in West Norwood in the following years include Sir August Friedrich Manns (1825-1907), a musician, conductor and composer, and director of the Crystal Palace Orchestra for almost 50 years; Charles William Alcock (1842-1907), the father of modern sport, founded the…

Famous Victorians in West Norwood Cemetery

West Norwood Cemetery - the Victorian era This week, I take a deeper look at the Victorian records of Deceased Online's new West Norwood Cemetery Collection
Like the other Magnificent Seven cemeteries, West Norwood is celebrated for its Victorian funerary architecture, particularly those of the gothic tradition, and its peaceful garden space and wildlife in a city environment. This week's post highlights some of the lives of the Victorians buried in the south London site.

The Victorian records for this site on Deceased Online cover 1837 to 1901. During this period, some of the city's most well-known residents were buried there.

Mrs ISABELLA MARY BEETON (1836-1865)  As featured in last week's post, one of the most celebrated inhabitants of West Norwood is cookery writer, Mrs Beeton. Tragically, Isabella Beeton died at the young age of 28 from puerperal fever after the birth of her fourth child. The wife of journalist and publisher Samuel Beeton, her Book of Household Managem…