The Hidden Language of Graveyards
with Robert Stephenson
At the Dissenters Chapel on Saturday 7th October at 1 pm

Our gravestone is our last message to the world and a permanent memorial to how we wish to be remembered. The inscriptions on headstones range from the prosaic requiescat in pace (rest in peace) to epitaphs, poems, quotations, professions of faith, imprecations, reflections on mortality, warnings to anyone who might disturb the earthly remains and even jokes (comic writer Spike Milligan’s gravestone bears the legend “I told you I was ill”).

In this age where most people who die are cremated the art of tombstone design is becoming something of a lost art. In his illustrated talk Robert Stephenson will delve into its history, symbolism and meaning.

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Robert Stephenson is a qualified City of London Culture and Heritage guide and a trustee at Kensal Green and Brompton cemeteries. He teaches on London and death studies. Robert is also chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.


The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.