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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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My Books

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The Undertaker at Work 1900-1950The Undertaker at Work by Brian Parsons


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-year look at the development of the funeral industry in Britain.


The Undertaker at Work is due to be published in 2014.


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J H Kenyon the first 125 years, by Brian ParsonsJ H Kenyon: A Short History


This book is a revised and expanded history of

J H Kenyon and appeared in 2014.



J H Kenyon: A Short History commemorates the history of J H Kenyon, tracing the development of

J H Kenyon from the early years to the present day. This is a unique full-length history of a funeral directing business.

  

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London Cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer by Hugh Meller and Brian ParsonsLondon Cemeteries


This book, compiled with Hugh Meller, was originally published by Avebury Publishing in 2008.


London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide & Gazeteer is now in its 4th edition, and is a standard reference work and comprehensive guide to the cemeteries of London. This edition covers 126 cemeteries representing the majority of London boroughs as well as others within a 9 mile radius of central London.


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Committed to the Cleansing FlameCommitted to the Cleansing Flame by Brian Parsons


This is the first full-length study of the massive struggles faced by the Cremation Society from its foundation down to the passing of the Cremation Act in 1902 when London finally received its first crematorium.


Committed to the Cleansing Flame tells of the arrangements for early cremations and the progress of the cremation movement during this period.


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The London Way of Death by Brian ParsonsThe London Way of Death


This book was published by Sutton Publishing Ltd in 2001.


The London Way of Death is the first illustrated guide to the funeral rituals of royalty, the famous, and those of more ordinary mortals. The pictures show how various ceremonies and the way customs have evolved as society has changed. They also demonstrated how different ethnic and religious groups approach funerals.

 

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The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery, by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John ClarkeThe Glades of Remembrance


This book, compiled with Erkin Guney and John Clarke, was published by Brookwood Park Limited in 2010.


The Glades of Remembrance (Brookwood Cemetery) is a history of the Glades, and was compiled to celebrate the restoration of the lake in the Glades by the Guney family. The booklet also marked the 60th anniversary of the Glades.

 

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The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery, by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John Clarke

Bunny France: Memoir of a Holborn Funeral Director


This book was published by A France & Son, 45 lamb’s Conduit Street, London in 2015.


Bunny France: Memoir of a Holborn Funeral Director gives Memoir of a Holborn Funeral Director gives an insight to the career of Bunny France who started working in the family business in 1947.

 

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Frederick W Paine: the first 125 years by Brian ParsonsFrederick W Paine: The First 125 Years


This book is the second of my histories of a funeral directing business. It was published by me in 2008.


Frederick W Paine commemorates Paine’s 125th anniversary, tracing the development of F W Paine from the early years to the present day. It is based on material published in my London Way of Death (see above) with additional research material.

 

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The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery, by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John ClarkeFrom Brooke Street to Brookwood


This book was published by the Anglo-Catholic History Society in 2014.


From Brooke Street to Brookwood: Nineteenth Century Funeral Reform and St Alban the Martyr Holborn Burial Society explores the history of nineteenth century funeral reform and the activities of the burial society attached to the church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn in London.

 

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