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The Undertaker at Work by Brian Parsons London Cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer by Hugh Mellor and Brian Parsons The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John Clarke The London Way of Death by Brian Parsons J H Kenyon: the first 125 years by Brian Parsons
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Welcome to Brian Parsons’ Website

Brian Parsons

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 info@brianparsons.org.uk

My New Book: Funerary Practices in England and Wales

Funerary Practices in England & Wales by Brian Parsons and Julie RuggFunerary Practices in England and Wales sets English and Welsh funerary practice in its wider legal, national and local governance framework, including the continuing role of the Church of England. It provides the historical context for current practice, provides data on new trends in burial and cremation and examines recent developments including direct cremation and alkaline hydrolysis. It provides detail of current practice and includes a detailed description of a typical funeral, including commemorative practice, and discussion of funeral costs. Chapters address the legalities and technicalities of burial and cremation, explaining the concept of burial rights and the technicalities of grave construction, and outlining cremation certification requirements and the process of cremation. This book is a valuable desk-top resource to give a broader frame of reference for policy makers, and to provide explanation of key concepts for practitioners who may be new to this area of work. The text will be of particular value to academics that may be unfamiliar with the legal, technical and professional aspects of the funerary industry. The text is fully referenced, with an additional bibliography of further reading, and includes illustrations, charts, tables, diagrams and boxed text including key information.

Part of the series Funerary International edited by Dr Julie Rugg, University of York, UK.

Available now ISBN 9781787692268   Price £40.00

Forthcoming Lectures




The History of Ayton Castle

30 January 2019


The Changing Face of Funerals in South London

21 March 2019

Barnes & Mortlake History Society





The Cemeteries of South London

1 February 2020

North West Kent Family History Society


Forthcoming Publications

The Honoured Dead by Brian Parsons

The Honoured Dead: London Cemeteries in Old Photographs.

Due for publication shortly by Strange Attractor Press.

Current Research & Articles in Preparation

* Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike

* The Transportation of Coffins by Rail

You can contact me by emailing info@brianparsons.org.uk

The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th Century

By Brian Parsons

The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th century by Brian ParsonsThe Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th Century examines the shifts that have taken place in the funeral industry since 1900, focusing on the figure of the undertaker and exploring how organizational change and attempts to gain recognition as a professional service provider saw the role morph into that of ‘funeral director’. As the disposal of the dead increased in complexity during the twentieth century, the role of the undertaker / funeral director has mirrored this change.

For further details click here.

Available now

 ISBN 9781 7874 36305   

Price £60.00