Thomas Crapper Grave Restoration
offer great thanks to Simon, the Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd. in
England and all dedicated fans of TC for their hard work in this
incredible project. Thomas Crapper, a great man of vision and a
true pioneer, is lucky to have such loyal followers.
Here are photographs of the newly-restored grave
(courtesy of Simon Kirby). The marble has now been cleaned and restored
and is suitable for pilgrimages by the faithful.
The grave is located in what used to be called Elmer's
End Cemetery but is now know as Beckenham Crematorium. The cemetery
is rather overgrown and shabby but is generally well-preserved and
contains many interesting memorials. It is at Beckenham, on the
border of Kent and London. Unfortunately the area has deteriorated
sharply over the last forty years or so.
Mr. Crapper's last house, No. 12, Thornsett Road,
Anerley, is a few minute's walk away. It proudly displays a 'blue
plaque' announcing its illustrious former owner.
Directions: From Victoria Station take a train to
Croydon - I think it is actually 'East Croydon' station. From there
you can ride upon a horrid new electric tram which has a stop right
outside the Cemetery. This stop is called 'Birkbeck' I think.
Sadly, they have had to cancel the re-dedication
ceremony (again). However, they will eventually have it, probably
this summer when various other historical events are due to be celebrated
in Beckenham. We will let you know.
New monument on grave.
Old grave site (courtesy of Adam Hart-Davis).
Newly restored grave.
Different view of grave.
Wife Maria's grave also included in
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