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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



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


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