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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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British cinema pioneer Leslie Eveleigh is the subject of the 7th podcast by Mike Guilfoyle

Leslie Eveleigh was a pioneer of British cinema but is largely forgotten now. This new podcast episode of London Epitaphs brings to light for the first time a fascinating career that helped mould the early days of this country's film industry.




London Epitaphs is made by Tempest Productions and is presented by FOBLC local historian Mike Guilfoyle.

Guided Walk - Rounding off the Great War - Sunday 15th September 2pm-3.30pm

FOBLC historian Peter Mealing will be leading this guided walk (assisted by Mick Martin and Mike Guilfoyle) bringing together the strands of the First World War reflected in the memorials to some of those who fought and perished in the conflict, military and civilian, in the two Cemeteries as well as looking at its profound aftermath in shaping the modern world.


All welcome - Meet at the Ladywell Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice on Sunday 15th September 2pm-3.30pm


Soldiers celebrating World War I Armistice in November, 1918.
Time Life Pictures/US Army Signal Corps/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Famous Jamaican tenor Louis Drysdale is the subject of the 6th podcast by Mike Guilfoyle

Louis 'Dri' Drydale tenor

The famous Jamaican tenor Louis Drysdale is the subject of the 6th podcast by Mike Guilfoyle.  Louis came to England from Jamaica with little more than a love of music and a great voice. After training at the Royal College of Music he went on to become an internationally admired singing tutor, sought out by some of the leading voices of the 20th Century. Learn more about this much-loved figure in the latest podcast in the London Epitaphs series. Read by south London local historian Mike Guilfoyle. www.tempestproductions.net


Drone's eye view of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries

One of the regular attenders of the Friends group Open Days is Bob McGowan and his family and it was following a chat at this years event that Bob asked if the friends group might like to take the opportunity of having a drone survey of the cemeteries undertaken. As Bob's company Helidrone utilises drones as part of its core professional practice this offer was eagerly accepted and having cleared this with Lewisham Bereavement Services (who fully supported this endeavour) we spent an eventful couple of hours with Bob on a hot summers day with the now familiar buzz of a drone circulating over the cemeteries with the remarkable aerial footage now freely accessible to better map the cemeteries and offer some fine perspectives on a landscape not seen before with such clarity.

Ladywell Chapel & porch from south

Ladywell Chapel & Porch from west


Heroes' Corner

Hither Green Sydenham Memorial
Brockley Cemetery

Base of former Chapel, Brockley

The Deptford Poisoner, Amelia Winters, is the subject of the 5th podcast by Mike Guilfoyle

Known as the Deptford Poisoner, Amelia Winters shocked late Victorian society with a string of brazen murders in order to claim their insurance.

The fifth in a series of fascinating stories behind the epitaphs at Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery in South East London. Presented by FOBLC's very own historian Mike Guilfoyle and made by Tempest Productions.