London’s Necropolis

A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery

coverPublished to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Brookwood Cemetery, London's Necropolis: A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery is the first major history and guide to Brookwood Cemetery.

Brookwood was the largest burial ground in the world when it was opened in 1854 by the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company. The cemetery contains nearly 235,000 burials and is still privately owned and administered. A recent Home Office Report suggests it has the potential to become a World Heritage Site.

London's Necropolis provides a history of the London Necropolis Company, a guide to the art and architecture of Brookwood Cemetery, and also includes brief biographies of over 800 individuals of interest who have been buried there, reflecting all levels of a lost society. 

Each chapter is supported by maps, and there are nearly 140 black and white photographs to illustrate some of the most interesting memorials and cemetery buildings. 


Some Reviews of London's Necropolis

"John Clarke has been investigating Brookwood Cemetery since 1976 (almost too late) and … has done a splendid job (as far as is possible) in giving us a history of the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company and its Surrey cemetery. … Clarke's book is a comprehensive guide with much information about who is buried there, the monuments and much else."
Professor James Stevens Curl writing in Garden History vol 31 no 2

"John Clarke's guide to Brookwood is a functional journey through those avenues of sequoia and rows of graves … and any researchers with middle class ancestry in Victorian London may find this book of considerable interest"
Reviewed in Your Family Tree

"This is a well written, well researched book that I cannot praise highly enough."
Gillian Rayment writing in the Family Tree Magazine

"Suggestive of the infinite and compelling variety of both death and life, this marvellous book is an essential addition to the literature of London's cemeteries."
Lizzie Wells writing in the London Society Journal

"John Clarke has … an encyclopaedic knowledge of Brookwood. The extent of his research is admirable. … The book is well illustrated with maps which are immensely useful given the huge size of the site … This book is an invaluable companion for anyone visiting Brookwood."
Chris Willis writing in the Mausolea & Monuments Trust News

Article about the book from the Woking News & Mail


Available now! 

Author: John M. Clarke 
Price: £30.00 
Format: Hardback (300 pages of text, 48 pages of photographs) 
ISBN: 0-7509-3513-8 
To Order: Copies may be available via your local bookstore or online retailer.

Or visit the Sutton Publishing Website (now The History Press), or email for further information.