Celebrity graves in England


I’m a terrible person to take on vacation.

You might want to lounge on the beach, or go shopping or eating. I just want to visit celebrity graves and miscellaneous death sites. Fortunately my wife is a good sport about it, but when I recently had the opportunity to take a solo road trip around England (where the beaches, the shopping and the food are lousy anyway), I went into unabashed overdrive.

Here are some of my haunts, mostly in the rock ‘n’ roll genre since that is what England always does best.

Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren—Highgate Cemetery, London

Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren—Highgate Cemetery, London

Amy Winehouse—Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgware

Amy Winehouse—Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgware

Who drummer Keith Moon + glam rocker Marc Bolan—Golders Green Crematorium

Who drummer Keith Moon + glam rocker Marc Bolan—Golders Green Crematorium

Keith Moon—Golders Green

Keith Moon—Golders Green

Marc Bolan—Golders Green

Marc Bolan—Golders Green

Amy Winehouse death house—30 Camden Square

Amy Winehouse death house—30 Camden Square

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Former Who co-manager Kit Lambert—Brompton Cemetery. (Horrible addition to an existing stone. Give him his own one.)

Former Who co-manager Kit Lambert—Brompton Cemetery. (Horrible addition to an existing stone. Give him his own one.)

Kit Lambert, with family

Kit Lambert, with family

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees—St. Mary's Church, Thame

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees—St. Mary’s Church, Thame

Robin Gibb, reverse

Robin Gibb, reverse

Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb

Andy Gibb—St. Mary's Church, Thame. "Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

Andy Gibb—St. Mary’s Church, Thame. “Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”

Motown singer Edwin Starr—Wilford Hall (Southern) Cemetery, Nottingham

Motown singer Edwin Starr—Wilford Hall (Southern) Cemetery, Nottingham

Mick Ronson, David Bowie's Spiders from Mars guitarist, (and 2 snails)—Hull.

Mick Ronson, David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars guitarist, (and 2 snails)—Eastern Cemetery, Hull.

Songwriter Lally Stott (“Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep”)—St. Ann’s Church, Prescot, Merseyside.

Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.

Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.

Stuart Sutcliffe memorial bench—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.

Stuart Sutcliffe memorial bench—Huyton Parish Church (St. Michael), Merseyside.

Former Beatles manager Brian Epstein—Everton Cemetery, Liverpool

Former Beatles manager Brian Epstein—Everton Cemetery, Liverpool

Singer/TV personality Cilla Black—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool

Singer/TV personality Cilla Black—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool

Cilla Black

Cilla Black

Eleanor Rigby—St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool

Eleanor Rigby—St. Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool

Julia Lennon, John's mother—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool

Julia Lennon, John’s mother—Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool

Ian Curtis of Joy Division, hanged himself behind this door—77 Barton Street, Macclesfield

Ian Curtis of Joy Division, hanged himself behind this door—77 Barton Street, Macclesfield

Ian Curtis—Macclesfield Cemetery

Ian Curtis—Macclesfield Cemetery

Former Rolling Stone Brian Jones—Cheltenham

Former Rolling Stone Brian Jones—Cheltenham

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—St. Michael and All Angels Church, Rushock

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—St. Michael and All Angels Church, Rushock

John Bonham's new neighborhood (beautiful place)

John Bonham’s new neighborhood (beautiful place)

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury death house—Kensington

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury death house—Kensington

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Jimi Hendrix death house—22 Lansdowne Crescent

Jimi Hendrix death house—22 Lansdowne Crescent

HONORABLE MENTION
English WW1 nurse Edith Cavell, executed by Germans—Norwich Cathedral.

English WW1 nurse Edith Cavell, executed by Germans—Norwich Cathedral.

Baroness Margaret & Sir Denis Thatcher—Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Baroness Margaret & Sir Denis Thatcher—Royal Hospital, Chelsea

Sir Winston Churchill—St. Martin's Church, Bladon.

Sir Winston Churchill—St. Martin’s Church, Bladon.

Sir Edward Heath—Salisbury Cathedral

Sir Edward Heath—Salisbury Cathedral

Benjamin Disraeli—St. Michael & All Angels Church, Hughenden

Benjamin Disraeli—St. Michael & All Angels Church, Hughenden

UK journalist Farzad Bazoft, executed by Saddam Hussein regime—Highgate Cemetery (Sadly omitted from VIP names listed on the Highgate guide)

UK journalist Farzad Bazoft, executed by Saddam Hussein regime—Highgate Cemetery (Sadly omitted from VIP names listed on the Highgate guide)

Author Douglas Adams—Highgate Cemetery

Author Douglas Adams—Highgate Cemetery

Author George Orwell—Church of All Saints, Sutton Courtenay

Author George Orwell—Church of All Saints, Sutton Courtenay

Cricket maven John Wisden—Brompton Cemetery

Cricket maven John Wisden—Brompton Cemetery

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst—Brompton Cemetery (Was the most popular grave in Brompton, now supplanted by the grave of a Russian Orthodox bigwig, and in need of some TLC.)

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst—Brompton Cemetery (Was the most popular grave in Brompton, now supplanted by the grave of a Russian Orthodox bigwig, and in need of some TLC.)

DISHONORABLE MENTION
Great Train Robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds—Highgate Cemetery (Yes, Karl Marx is also buried there but he helped ruin more lives than Hitler, with more to come if Corbyn ever becomes PM, so isn't pictured.)

Great Train Robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds—Highgate Cemetery (Yes, Karl Marx is also buried there but he helped ruin more lives than Hitler, with more to come if Corbyn ever becomes PM, so isn’t pictured.)

Former site of the Dr. Crippen murder house, 39 Hilldrop Crescent

Former site of the Dr. Crippen murder house, 39 Hilldrop Crescent

LEST WE FORGET
You—Brompton Cemetery. Picture yourself here, because you will eventually be completely forgotten

You—Brompton Cemetery. Picture yourself here, because you will eventually be completely forgotten

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NOTE: Completely unrelated to the above story, but written in the same tone, my gossipy rock bio Strange Days: The Adventures of a Grumpy Rock ‘n’ Roll Journalist in Los Angeles is available here. For more info, go to strangedaysbook.com

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