The London Burial Grounds, Mrs Basil Holmes, London 1897
A useful and surprisingly lively account of Isabella Holmes' attempts to search out and list all of the burial grounds in London, encountering mystified workmen, suspicious householders and savage guard dogs on the way. The appendix of this book provides the starting point for this website. Mrs Holmes's avowed purpose was to preserve as many burial grounds as possible as open spaces. One sometimes suspects that the fun of the chase was a stronger motive. Now reprinted.
Graveyard London: Lost and Forgotten Burial Grounds, Robert Bard. Historical Publications Ltd 2008.
A thoroughly researched twenty-first century version of Mrs Holmes book - a worthy successor. Excellent in every way and strongly recommended.
Gatherings from Graveyards, G. A. Walker London 1839
Not lively at all, but invaluable for its gruesomely detailed eye-witness accounts of forty-odd of the most overcrowded grounds. Walker was a London surgeon, and subscriber to the 'miasmic' theory of contagion; his account of the history of burials is rambling and rather tedious.
Burial ground incendiarism. The last fire at the bone-house. Spa Fields Golgotha, or, the minute anatomy of grave-digging in London.
GA Walker 1842.
Walker would never win prizes for snappy titles, and his style in this pamphlet is as ponderous as its title, but its descriptions of the horrible goings-on at Spa fields is neverless gripping. Available as a download from Google books.
Report on the practice of Interments in Towns, Edwin Chadwick 1842
Along with Rocque, Mrs Holmes' starting point. Much fascinating detail on funeral customs in poor families and the evils of extended delays before funerals took place, overcrowding, insurance frauds (babies murdered for the funeral club money, etc.). Not light reading.
London. Ed. Charles Knight. 6 Vols, 1841. Chapter on London Burials in vol. 4. Relies heavily on Walker, though with additional material.
A Dictionary of London. Henry H. Harbin, 1918. Available on-line from www.british-history.ac.uk or on a CD from MOTCO (www.motco.com)
Wates Book of London Churchyards. Harvey Hackman Collins 1981. Pleasantly written in a rather dated style. Some useful historical background, but Hackman's coverage is limited to the City and West End, with a brief excursion out to Kensington and Chelsea. He does not penetrate as far north as St Lukes, or East of the City. He is unwilling to go south of the river - perhaps Harvey Hackman was a cabbie by trade.
London Cemeteries. Hugh Meller. The standard modern work on the subject, detailed and authoritative. Now thankfully reprinted (2008) by The History Press
Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria, by Patricia Wolfston, revised by Cliff Webb. Published by, and available from, the Society of Genealogists, (www.sog.org.uk ) Very useful and inexpensive resource giving details of holders of burial records for London Cemeteries.
London Photographic Atlas (Collins) Aerial photographs of London. Now largely superseded by on-line resources such as Google Earth.
Vanished Churches of the City of London,
G Huelin Guildhall
Ordnance Survey Maps from around 1869 onwards. Reproductions published by Alan Godfrey Maps; see links for the address of their website.
Horwood's map of London, 1799 - 1812 (London Topographical Society Edition)
Roque's Plan of London, 1740 (London Topographical Society Edition)
Ogilvy and Morgan's City of London map of 1676 (London Topographical Society edition)
Various ward maps, parish maps, etc.
Greenwood's plan of 1827. Smaller scale, but useful outside the City itself.