My name is Caroline – welcome to Flickering Lamps! Here you’ll find writing and photographs about the sort of history that passes many by – the history in our surroundings. I’m really interested in exploring how buildings, monuments and spaces reflect the attitudes, values and stories from the time they were created, and how their uses and meanings have changed over time. I especially enjoy exploring graveyards and old buildings looking for the stories they tell, and I’m often to be found with my trusty camera snapping the beautiful and fascinating places I come across.
I’m originally from Lancashire, but have been living and working in London since 2011. It’s thanks to the encouragement of the wonderful members of London Historians that this website exists – they are an excellent group of people who do a great deal to encourage those interested in London’s history, whether they be tour guides, bloggers, academics, authors or simply those wishing to learn more about London’s extraordinary history.
Since 2017, working with Southwark Cathedral and The London Month of the Dead, I have also written and led a number of guided walks that cover some of London’s historic burial grounds and cemeteries. For details of any upcoming walks, please check out my Events page.
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From time to time I have joined the lovely people at Cemetery Club as an occasional guest contributor to their blog about all things burial grounds. You can read all of my Cemetery Club posts by clicking here, or on any of the direct article links listed below:
- Exploring Hyde Park’s Hidden Pet Cemetery
- The Ghosts of Hammersmith Palais
- William Hogarth and his neighbours in a Chiswick churchyard
- The Burton Mausoleum: an adventurer’s tomb in a quiet suburb
- Review of London’s Hidden Burial Grounds by Robert Bard and Adrian Miles, for London Historians, 20th March 2017
Prior to the launch of Flickering Lamps in 2014, I blogged (rather intermittently) over at Historical Trinkets. You might have come here from a link on that site. Thank you to everyone who has supported Historical Trinkets, be it through blogs or Twitter, and I hope that you’ll enjoy Flickering Lamps too.
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