Photo courtesy Richmond Local History Society
Hello, and welcome to my website.
I work freelance providing a training, consultancy and research service under the banner of Funeral Service Training (London).
My website provides further information about me, my publications and my lectures. Links to all of these can be found above.
Meanwhile, you can contact me by emailing email@example.com
My New Book: The Undertaker At Work
Meticulously researched and containing the most comprehensive collection of photographs to be seen in a book on this topic, The Undertaker at Work is a fascinating 50-
Reflecting the rapidly changing social times of pre-
The second half of the book is a collection of largely previously unseen photographs that detail this period. In it, the change in the mode of transport, premises and coffins is depicted along with advertising and other images that show the undertaker at work preparing for and at funerals. A small section also illustrates the work of a related occupation, the monumental mason. You can read more here.
ISBN 9781907222283 Price £15.99
(UK price only)
If you are ordering from overseas, the cost (including postage) is £27.00:
8 November 2017
‘The History of Mortlake Crematorium’
20 January 2018
Ayton Local History Society
‘The History of Ayton Castle’
Lectures on the History of Funeral Service at F W Paine Kingston
You can download a poster of these lectures.
3 October 2017
‘The Brookwood Necropolis Railway’ to be given by John M Clarke
From Undertaker to Funeral Director -
London Cemeteries in Old Photographs. Due for publication in 2018
Current Research & Articles in Preparation
* Portrait of Mortality: Croydon 1937. Death and Disposal in a London Suburb
* Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike
* The Transportation of Coffins by Rail
You can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
W. S. Bond Funeral Directors: A Brief History
By Brian Parsons
Paperback, with 20 pages, and profusely illustrated with black and white and colour illustrations
Published by Dignity.
Copies are available direct from
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