A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A Guided Tour of Nunhead Cemetery with Keith Turpin
Saturday 14th October 2023 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. Founded in 1840, just before a Cholera epidemic plagued the borough, Nunhead became a sombre sanctuary entwined with tales of maritime connections due to the cemetery’s proximity to the Thames and her dockyards. The grandest tomb belongs to John Allan, a successful Whitby-born shipowner whose resting place stands as a grand testament to his maritime endeavours. The cemetery also houses the crypt of Bryan Donkin, a director of the Thames Tunnel Company, industrialist and inventor of the tin can.

Join us on a guided tour led by the London historian and graveyard expert, Keith Turpin, as he illuminates Nunhead Cemetery's maritime ties and uncovers its relentless struggle against the elements, exposing stories of flood damage and waterlogged crypt ledgers. Turpin will also shed light on a peculiar neighbour: a man-made hill boasting one of the best views of the capital beneath which lies a 15 acre reservoir owned by Thames Water.

Tickets £12 include a 20% donation to Nunhead Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.