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The FOBLC is recognised by HMRC as a charity, ref. XT38745, and is a member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends

For all enquiries please contact our Chairman geoffrey@foblc.org.uk


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Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries 11th Anniversary Open Day, Sunday 8th July 2018 from 11am to 4:30pm

Please join us for our 11th anniversary Open Day on 8th July 2018, from 11am to 4:30pm.

There will be FREE guided walks of the Cemeteries visiting the graves of sportsmen, poets, war veterans and local figures as well as flora and bird life.  Times for guided walks will be 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm

In addition there will be a photographic exhibition of monuments and wildlife in the Ladywell Chapel, refreshments and a plant stall.

Come and find out more about the wildlife and history of this tranquil local green space

We look forward to seeing you there

Brockley Gate entrance: Brockley Road SE4 2QY Crofton Park BR, 122/171/172 bus routes
Ladywell Gate entrance:  Brockley Grove SE13 7HY   P4 bus route, Ladywell BR








Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson's Ladywell Cemetery link


The news on May 24th 2018 that President Donald Trump had posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, for a’ racially motivated injustice’ when the Boxer was imprisoned in 1913 gives us this opportunity to reveal a fascinating historical cemetery link.

Located at the apex of an inner pathway in Ladywell cemetery lies the grandiloquent columnar headstone to Sir Henry Tozer (his wife Annie predeceased him) He was Chairman of the United Theatres of Variety (Syndicate Halls) and a Member of Westminster Borough Council.  The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America are considering restoring the headstone.


Sir Henry Tozer's headstone, photo courtesy of Find-a-Grave website

In the role of Music Hall Boss Sir Henry Tozer organised for Bombardier Billy Wells to fight the current world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, in London in October 1911, but religious opponents of excessive prize money, led by Baptist minister Frederick Brotherton Meyer, and opponents of contests between the races, caused the fight to be cancelled by Winston Churchill, who was then Home Secretary. A 'colour bar' remained in British boxing until 1947. 

A rare, color supplement poster of Jack Johnson and Bombardier Billy Wells issued for their scheduled fight in 1911.






Jack Johnson Boxing Scandal: Daily Mail










NUNHEAD CEMETERY OPEN DAY Saturday 19th May 11am – 5pm


The FOBLC will again be having a stall at this event organised by the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery. It's a great day, hopefully see you there!



RAF Centenary Guided Walk - Sunday 29th April at 2pm (Ladywell Gate)

A British Avro Lancaster bomber over Hamburg, 1943


Please join us to Commemorate 100 years of the formation of the Royal Air Force out of the Royal Flying Corps.

The guided walk led by Foblc historians Peter, Mike and Mick will visit some of the family graves of those who lost their lives in both World Wars serving in the RAF/RFC as well as civilians killed by enemy action.

Meet at the Ladywell Road gate.


All welcome.

Spring Flowers walk Sunday 22nd April guided by Tom Moulton and Pete Robinson

Please join us for a Spring Flowers walk around the Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries on Sunday 22 April, starting from the Ladywell Gates at 2pm. The walk will be led by Tom Moulton and Pete Robinson whose flower survey of the cemeteries can be found here. We'll also be listening out for the birds with a chance of hearing blackcap, chiffchaff, green woodpecker and song thrush. If the weather's particularly good on the day, we may even see one or two butterflies.

Cuckoo Flower, Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries


Spring flowers had been getting a lot of rain, so now that the sunshine has materialised we should find a colourful range of flowers on the 22nd - some wild, some planted. Hopefully, these will include bluebells, lesser celandine, cow parsley, primroses and the cuckoo flower - a survivor from the days when the cemeteries were meadow land over a hundred and fifty years ago.

The walk should last between 60-90 minutes