by Rex Batten.
Sheltered under forest trees, where snowdrops and bluebells welcome the spring, a quarter of a million Londoners lie buried. Nunhead Remembered is a collection of anecdotes and stories of those people. It is as rich as the harvest of blackberries that end the summer in the peace of All Saints Cemetery, Nunhead.
In the nature of things this book can represent only a fraction of Nunhead’s memories. But we do have the small boy who all alone fought the armies of the dead, the fearless police and the fearsome phantom, the little girl and entombed undertaker’s men, a day’s outing for a python and souvenirs of a notorious murderer.
There is also a beautifully remembered motorised funeral in the twenties and a vivid description of the cemetery under snow.
Account of religious divisions, the gulf between rich and poor are intermixed with anecdotes of love and a little sadness. But Nunhead is the resting place of Londoners and humour can never be far away.
This collection reflects the diversity of the century and a half of Nunhead’s history.
A5 softback, with photos and illustrations.