A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A Guided Tour of Nunhead Cemetery with Keith Turpin
Includes a special visit to the catacombs (weather permitting)
Sunday 23rd October 2022 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm        

With 52 acres and nearly 300,000 burials, Southwark’s Nunhead is the second largest of London’s magnificent seven cemeteries. Join London historian and graveyard expert, KEITH TURPIN on a guided tour around the gothic monuments of this “elegant wilderness”. The cemetery is the final resting place of the eight boy scouts drowned in the Leysdown tragedy in 1912. This disaster was a national sensation and the boys’ funeral procession was watched by a million people. Their memorial was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (who is also responsible for the iconic red telephone box).

Keith Turpin will investigate the passing trend for catacomb burials in the 19th century and the effect it left on cemetery design of the Magnificent Seven. He will also pay particular attention to funerary symbolism deciphering several of the monuments and headstones at Nunhead.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation to Nunhead Cemetery.