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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: London Cemeteries in Old Photographs


London Cemeteries in Old Photographs by Brian Parsons
























Cemeteries have been part of the London area since the 1830s and over the years the vast majority have been captured by the camera.


London Cemeteries in Old Photographs draws together a large number of many previously unseen archival images depicting buildings and landscapes that have changed, completely disappeared or occasionally remained the same.


This limited-edition book has been published to complement the sixth edition of London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer by Hugh Meller and Brian Parsons, the new edition of which is due to be published in July 2021.


London Cemeteries in Old Photographs is only available from this website:



Price £12 including UK postage



Please contact me direct if you would like to order a copy.


Forthcoming Lectures


 2022

 

From Front Parlour to Funeral Parlour (with Dr Helen Frisby)

24 February 2022

British Association for Local History


Looking North: Looking Forward

19 March 2022

NAFD Yorkshire Education Day


The Cemeteries of South London

6 June 2022

Bromley Borough local History Society


A Look at London's Victorian Cemeteries

21 June 2022

The Victorian Society


Using Funeral Director's Records for Research

27 August 2022

The Society of Genealogists


The Victorian Funeral

1 October 2022

Last Rights Conference, London


The Changing Face of Funeral Ceremonies: 1850-2022

15 October 2022

Association of Independent Celebrants


The Story of the Unknown Warrior

26 October 2022

Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society



 

Forthcoming Publications






















The Sixth edition of London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer (with Hugh Meller) will be published by The History Press in 2022.




Current Research & Articles in Preparation


'Here is your husband. Reflections on returning ashes during the pandemic'

Pharos International


‘Funeral Directing in Times of Crisis – Past and Present’ Funeral Director Monthly


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Burial at Brompton Cemetery: Findings from Funeral Directors Records


Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike


The History of Kingston Cemetery and Crematorium


The eighth of the ‘Magnificent Seven’? The History of Victoria Park Cemetery




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