London Month of the Dead - Present, Present and Future, October 2017, A series on death curated by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation supporting Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries
The mystery of the Courtoy Mausoleum with Stephen Coates
Sunday 29th April 2018 from 5:00 pm

The Courtoy Mausoleum, a twenty foot tall trapezoid of dark polished granite with a pyramidal rood and a huge copper door, stands as the largest monument in Brompton Cemetery. Since its construction in 1854, the mausoleum has fostered a legend that it secretly houses a time machine, a story that inspired HG Wells to write his novella, “The Time Machine”. Built as the final resting place of the 19th century barmaid turned heiress Hannah Courtoy and her two daughters, the monument was designed by the eccentric Victorian inventor Samuel Warner with the Egyptologist and sculptor Joseph Bonomi.

Its legend as a time machine was borne out of the mysterious inscriptions based on Egyptian hieroglyphics and some of Leonardo Da Vinci’s more obscure sketches that cover its exterior walls. Shortly after its construcion the designer Samuel Warner disappeared suposedly murdered in mysterious circumstances and next the key to the mausoleum's great bronze door went missing.

More recently Stephen Coates has resurrected this legend and brought it to the attention of the international press. In his talk he will be expanding on the myth of the mausoleum revealing another extraordinary recent development in the story of this most unique of monuments.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Stephen Coates
Stephen Coates is a musician, writer, researcher and putative time traveller.

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