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Thomas Crapper Grave Restoration

We 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 project.

Click here to learn more about Thomas Crapper or here to see the tribute page.




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