Cemetery Guides & History Books

Friends' publications, postcards, merchandise and a selection of other books of interest, are available online and at the Friends' bookstall on Open Days

The two introductory guides, the Concise Guide and Paths of Glory are also usually available for cash from the General Cemetery Company, at the Main Gate, during office hours. All other publications only available online.


For products purchased online, standard UK delivery is included. Publications may be available at a lower cost if purchased in person at the cemetery.


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St Helena at Kensal Green Cemetery

Out Of Print


A Guide to the Connections between the former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the island of St Helena at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

Written by Head Guide and historian of Kensal Green Cemetery, Henry Vivian-Neal, and produced in conjunction with the Napoleon 200 charity, this 30 page A5 booklet with 10 colour illustrations is available at a price of £7.50 which includes UK postage.

Their Exits: Encore

Hardback, Illustrated


A select alphabetical and biographical list of theatrical, musical and equestrian performers and literary figures of note; buried, cremated or commemorated at the Cemetery of All Souls at Kensal Green.

This hardback edition contains over 90 colour illustrations and 65 black and white/sepia illustrations, photographs, cartes de visites, caricatures, playbills, line drawings of theatres and the like.

Foreword by Dame Monica Mason, D.B.E. Henry Vivian-Neal and Alexander Bisset.

Walk like an Egyptian

Paperback, 48pp. Full colour


A Walking Tour and Guide to the Egyptianizing Monuments of London's First and Finest Historic Garden Cemetery.

The Architecture of Kensal Green Cemetery

Full colour. 244pp.


A detailed look at the architectural elements of Kensal Green’s tombs, monuments and notable features.

The Monument To William Mulready R.A.

42pp, soft cover, illustrated


A key to the fifteen incised images surrounding the monument of the Victorian genre painter William Mulready RA (1786-1863), with a detailed description of the monument, full-colour reproductions of all the corresponding paintings and drawings, and biographical note reproduced with the generous permission of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The works comprise: The Younger Brother, The Last In, Hay-making: Burchell and Sophia, The Wolf and the Lamb, The Careless Messenger Detected or The Careless Nurse, Dog of Two Minds, The Butt – Shooting a Cherry, Boy Firing a Cannon, The Travelling Druggist, The Sonnet (‘from a popular novel’), Choosing the Wedding Gown, Giving a Bite, Academy study of a seated female nude, The Seven Ages of Man, and Academy study of a seated male nude.

A Byron tour at Kensal Green Cemetery

20pp, A4, spiral-bound, glassine cover, illustrated


Twenty notable personalities now resting at Kensal Green who were associated with the poet Lord Byron, including brief biographical notes, illustrations and grid plan: Henry Angelo, Charles Babbage FRS, Lady Charlotte Bacon (née Harley), Michael William Balfe, Michael Bruce, Anne Isabella Noel, Lady Byron, Andrew Ducrow, Giovanni Battista Falcieri, John Fitzgibbon 2nd Earl of Clare, John Cam Hobhouse, Jane Hogg, James Henry Leigh Hunt, Anna Brownell Jameson, The Hon. Augusta Leigh, Daniel MacKinnon, William Charles Macready, Elizabeth Masson, John Murray, George Sanders, Howe Peter Browne 2nd Marquis of Sligo.

Holders of the Victoria Cross at Kensal Green Cemetery

Softcover, 8pp, A4, stapled, illustrated

Out Of Print


A comprehensive guide to the 14 holders of the Victoria Cross, and one holder of the George Cross, interred at the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green. This monograph includes a brief introduction, a biographical note on each of the 14, together with a line drawing of each monument, and a grid plan of the cemetery to facilitate location. This guide features: Colonel Frederick Robinson Aikman VC; Brigadier Guy Huddlesdon Boisragon VC; General Sir Collingwood Dickson VC GCB; Fireman Frederick Davies GC; Major General Matthew Charles Dixon VC; General Sir Hugh Henry Gough VC GCB; Captain Neville Reginald Howse VC KCB KCMG FRCS FRACS, Knight of Grace of St. John of Jerusalem; Major Walter James VC; Lieutenant Colonel Edward Henry Lenon VC; Major General Sir Owen Edward Pennefeather Lloyd VC KCB; Captain John Grant Malcolmson VC; Sir James Mouat VC KCB QHS MD FRCS; General The Rt. Hon. Sir Dighton MacNaughton Probyn VC GCB GCSI GCVO ISO; Lieutenant Colonel John Manners Smith VC CIE CVO; and Major General William Spottiswoode Trevor VC.

A Railway Pantheon

Softcover, 28pp, A4, stapled, illustrated


An alphabetical biographical gazetteer, illustrated with line drawings of their monuments, of railway engineers and others connected with railways buried at Kensal Green Cemetery

A comprehensive guide to notable personalities associated with railways — engineers, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, contractors and critics — with a brief biographical note, line drawing of every monument, and a grid plan of the cemetery to facilitate location. The Pantheon features: Sir William Patrick Andrew, James Lloyd Ashbury, John Ashbury, Peter William Barlow, William Beattie, James Beatty, Richard Vicars Boyle, John Braithwaite, William Duff Bruce, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, George Rowden Burnell, Sir Samuel Canning, Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel GCMG GCVO, John Chapman, Sir John Coode KCMG PICE, Thomas Russell Crampton, Charles Louis Aimé de Bergue, Charles Edmund de Bertodano, Henry J.L. Dean, James Dredge, John Edward Errington, Sir George Lancelot Eyles, William Powell Frith, Charles Geach, Francis Giles, Joseph Glynn, Thomas Longridge Gooch, Lewis Dunbar Brodie Gordon, John Grant, Sidney Hall, Philip Hardwick, Philip Charles Hardwick, George Harrison, George Willoughby Hemans, John Mortimer Heppel, John Lionel Hood, Lewis Henry Isaacs, Ralph Ward Jackson, Robert Jeffrey, Henry Batson Joyner, Sir John Kelk Bt, Robert William Kennard, Henry Kirtley, Christopher Bagot Lane, Michael Lane, Joseph Locke, William Martley, John Robinson McClean, David McIntosh, Vice Admiral Constantine Richard Moorsom, William Scarth Moorsom, George Bolland Newton, John Meeson Parsons, Walter Peart, John Shae Perring, George Henry Phipps, Benjamin Piercy, William Alexander Provis, James Meadows Rendel, Sir John Rennie (the younger), Charles Russell, Thomas Manzon Rymer-Jones, Joseph D’Aguilar Samuda, Charles Alexander Saunders, Henry Sayer, Benjamin Shaw, Sir Carl William Siemens FRS, William Unwin Sims, Sir John Mark Frederick Smith, Thomas Samuel Speck, George Percival Spooner, Richard St-George-Moore, Sir Rowland MacDonald Stephenson, Francis Croughton Stileman, John Tenniel, John Wellesley Thomas, Edward Wilson, William Winans, Samuel Hansard Yockney and William Yolland.

Kensal Green Cemetery

448pp, hardback, dust jacket, 274 illustrations

Out Of Print


The Origins and Development of the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London, 1824-2001

This important publication represents a comprehensive history not only of All Souls, Kensal Green, but also the origins of the British cemetery movement, 19th century funerary practice, and many notable personalities associated with this magnificent site and its monuments.

The Historical Background (James Steven Curl) George Frederick Carden and the Genesis of the General Cemetery Company (James Steven Curl) The Architectural Competition of 1831-2 and its Aftermath (James Steven Curl) The General Cemetery from 1833-1842 (James Steven Curl) Kensal Green Cemetery 1842-1852 (James Steven Curl) The Cemetery and its Fortunes 1852-2001 (James Steven Curl) The Cemetery Buildings (Jennifer M. Freeman) Introduction to and Gazetteer of the Monuments in Kensal Green Cemetery (Roger Bowdler) The Monument of the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green: Meaning and Style (Christopher Brooks) Sculptors and Sculpture: A Supplement (John Physick) The Inscriptions (Robert Moulder) A Geology of Kensal Green Cemetery (Eric Robinson) The Landscape of Kensal Green Cemetery (Brent Elliott) The Land Use and Flora and Fauna of Kensal Green Cemetery (Timothy H. Freed) Burial at Kensal Green Cemetery (Julian Litten) The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery (André Davies and Henry Vivian-Neal) Conclusion (James Steven Curl and Jennifer M. Freeman) Appendices: Chairmen of the General Cemetery Company, Abstract of Indenture 19 September 1832, Abstract of Indenture relating to the purchase of two plots 1833, Constitution of the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery Select Bibliography (over 850 books and articles)

Paths of Glory: A Select Alphabetical and Biographical List of Persons of Note Commemorated at the Cemetery of All Souls at Kensal Green

108pp, A4, spiral-bound, glassine cover, illustrated


This invaluable guide includes a short history of the cemetery, together with brief biographical notes on over 650 notable personalities, as well as a clear line drawing of each monument, together with a grid reference and map to facilitate location.

Kensal Green Cemetery Concise Guide

8pp, A5, 29 colour photographs


A brief history of the cemetery, with biographical notes and a plan of the cemetery marking the resting places and monuments of 99 notable personalities: Aikman, Ainsworth, Allingham, Alma-Tadema (née Epps), Ashbury, Babbage, Balfe, Barry, Beatty, Birkbeck, Blondin (né Gravelet), Bonington, Bridgetower, Brunel, Byron (née Milbanke), Cambridge, Carden, Casement, Cassel, Churchill, Cockburn, Collins, Cooke, Cruikshank, Davidson, Dawajee, Dawes/Feuchères, Dredge, Ducrow, Fairbrother, Forster, Franklin (née Griffin), Fried, Frith, Forster, Gibson, Griffith, Grossmith, Hayes, Hobhouse, Hogarth, Holland, Hood, Hunt, Huth, Inverness, Kendall, Lancaster, Lander, Leech, Leigh, Locke, Long, Loudon, Lucas, Macready, Mayhew, McClure, Mornington, Molyneux, Morison, Mulready, O’Connor, Paul, Pears, Rattigan, Richardson, Ricketts Roberts, Russell, Siemens, Simonau, Smith, Princess Sophia, Soyer, Staunton, Stephen, Strangford, Stuart, Sussex, Tagore, Tenniel, Thackeray, Trollope, Wakley, Wallace, Wilde (Speranza) and Wingfield.