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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Brookwood Cemetery Update
Mood:  happy
Topic: Brookwood Cemetery

Update June 2016

Now under the ownership of the local authority the restrictions and permit requirements for photography at Brookwood Cemetery have now been relaxed.

Although entrance signs may still make reference to the previous restrictions photography is now permitted without any prior permissions or permits.

Over the next few days we will restore our full selection of photos which were withdrawn in 2009 at the request of the then Managing Director.

With thanks to Mark for updating us on these positive changes.

Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 2:34 PM BST
Updated: Thursday, 2 June 2016 2:41 PM BST

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

New Update - St Andrew Church, Enfield
Mood:  happy
Topic: Updates

St Andrew's Enfield is a Church of England church in Enfield, London. It's a grade II listed building with the church nave and tower dating from the 16th century -

Many more updates to come over the summer, enjoy the weather and get exploring.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 12:53 PM BST

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

New Update - St Andrew Church, Bramfield
Mood:  bright
Topic: Updates

There is evidence to suggest that a church has been on the site of St Andrew since the seventh century and parts of the present structure do indeed date from the Saxon and the Norman era. The first recorded Rector was Thomas A Becket who was martyred in 1170.

Plenty more updates to come and places we plan to visit over the upcoming Summer months. Should you have any suggestions of interesting graveyards, burial grounds or cemeteries please get in contact via the site -

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 5:24 PM GMT

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Update - St James Church, Enfield
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Updates

Our first update of 2016.

St James Church was the first Anglican place of worship to be established in the parish of Enfield in addition to the parish church. It was built by subscription as a chapel of ease on land given by Woodham Connop and consecrated on 15 October 1831 by the Bishop of London, Charles Blomfield.

Just around the corner from St James Church and Hertford Road Cemetery is the site of the infamous 1978 Enfield Poltergeist in Green Street. The story of the hauntings had connections to a graveyard in the 2015 three part TV drama series.  We would imagine those connections are linked to the Cemetery rather then the graveyard.

Many more updates to come in the weeks ahead, stay tuned.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 2:17 PM GMT
Updated: Wednesday, 6 January 2016 2:18 PM GMT

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

New Update - St Ippolyts Church
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Updates

St Ippolyts church is located in the village of the same name between the A602 (Stevenage Road) and the B656 (Codicote Road), two kilometres south-east of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It lies approximately 80 metres above sea level in a gap in the Chiltern Hills.

There has been a church on this site for over 900 years.

This is our last update of 2015 but there's plenty more to come next year. We have covered many miles throughout the year especially in north and east London and have stumbled upon several unexpected locations which have formed historic links between previously unknown places. Much of what we photographed has yet to be published but the Winter months will allow us to catch up on that aspect while we wait for the better weather to hit the road once more.

Our Purpose

A quick reminder, our aim is to achieve a photographic record of historic monuments and significant/interesting places of internment in both Cemeteries and Churchyards. To capture this aspect of our history while it still remains.


Many thanks to my brother in-law and driver Paul who is working on a book of English Workhouses and Schools many of which interlink with DDP's subject matter. 

We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 1:30 PM GMT

Sunday, 29 November 2015

New Update - Adath Yisroel Burial Ground
Mood:  bright
Topic: Updates

The Adath Yisroel Jewish Burial Ground is located in Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, London. While not in our usual vein of  Victorian interest it is a fascinating and atmospheric burial ground especially in the early morning light with the winter sun still low in the sky.

Historic information on this burial ground seems almost non-existent and just about the only information we can gain is that it appears to date from the 1920's or before.

Many more updates in the pipeline.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 1:21 PM GMT

Monday, 26 October 2015

New Update - Tottenham Park Cemetery
Mood:  bright
Topic: Updates

Established as a paupers cemetery in 1912 Tottenham Park is now largely a Muslim burial ground. Most original graves from it's formative years would of been unmarked and probably have now been re-used.

Speaking with a lady visitor during our visit it would appear that a disagreement between Church/local authority and the owners resulted in a parting of ways and the Cemetery becoming Muslim only.

A few C of E graves still survive in small clusters around the northern side of the ground along with the centrally positioned Gothic Chapel in a bad state of dereliction.

Plenty more interesting updates still to come this year so don't stray too far!

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 9:24 PM BST

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

New Update - Edmonton Cemetery
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Updates

Edmonton Cemetery in North London opened in 1884 and is still open for new internments today. The land originally belonged to the Church Commissioners and was once used as an airfield.

A long straight drive from the entrance leads to the stone mortuary chapels which are linked by a carriage arch mounted with a spire.

As Summer ends, so Autumn begins, my favourite time of year. If the sun is still shining then it make for some great colourful photos. We still have a few places left on our list to visit before the grey months of Winter arrive, so keep checking back.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 2:39 PM BST

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

New Update - St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield
Mood:  bright
Topic: Updates

St Etheldreda's Church was founded by the monks from Ely, and the first wooden church, built in 1285, was probably sited where the existing building stands overlooking the old town.

The present church dates from the 13th century, although little remains of the mediaeval building. During the 15th century the Tower was constructed by Cardinal Morton and later the Brocket Chapel was added.

More updates to come in the next few months, please let us know of any interesting/long forgotten burial grounds you may be aware of. You can contact us via the online form -

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 10:18 AM BST

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Update - St Mary the Virgin, Little Wymondley
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Updates

A long overdue update on Dark Destiny, The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Wymondley.

The original church on this site, in the Hertfordshire village of Little Wymondley, was dedicated to St Peter. It was built in the middle twelfth century and was later linked to the Priory in the thirteenth century.

Next update within a month I hope, so in the mean time enjoy the summer weather and get out into the open and explore, you never know what you might find.

Best Wishes


Posted by Neil Bartlett DHyp M.A.E.P.H at 2:46 PM BST

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