We are pleased to announce that we have restored the final resting place of the popular music hall vocalist WALTER LABURNUM at Abney Park Cemetery, where he rests with his family
We are pleased to announce that we have restored the final resting place of the great music hall comedian, dancer, vocalist and pantomime dame DAN CRAWLEY (1871 - 1912) at Abney Park Cemetery to its former glory.
L - R. Abney Park Trust manager JOHN BALDOCK, the Music Hall Guild's stonemason CLIVE SEARS and Chairman MATTHEW NEIL at the restored memorial to DAN CRAWLEY at Abney Park Cemetery.
On Friday 11th May 2012 at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, we arranged for the final resting place of the famous music hall and pantomime star Miss NELLY POWER to be restored.
Nelly Power's memorial at Abney Park Cemetery, before and after the restoration.
The famous Musical Comedy star
We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday 14th April 2012, we completed the restoration of the final resting place of the famous Musical Comedy actress and singer Miss Marie Studholme at St Marylebone Cemetery in London. Previously on Saturday 10th March, in which to mark Marie's 140th anniversary, we erected a commemorative blue plaque on her former home in Hampstead.
The famous Picture Postcard Beauty and Musical Comedy Actress
Miss MARIE STUDHOLME as Lady Madcap.
DRURY LANE PANTOMIME STAR HERBERT CAMPBELL'S MEMORIAL AND FINAL RESTING PLACE RESTORED
We are thrilled to announce that we have recently restored the final resting place of the great Music Hall Comedian and Pantomime star of Drury Lane Mr HERBERT CAMPBELL (1844 – 1904).
For many years the tall pink granite obelisk, erected by his friends, stood proud amongst the hundreds of other illustrious memorials at Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington but with the passing of time, the obelisk had somehow toppled off its plinth and the front section of the memorial had sunk deep into the earth.
Brambles and ivy seem determined to conceal Herbert’s memorial but on Saturday 26th November 2011, a small team of professionals CLIVE SEARS, DAVID GRACIE, MATTHEW WYLDE and MATTHEW SEARS, expertly manoeuvred and positioned a huge winch into the overgrown cemetery and successfully raised Herbert's heavy obelisk off the ground and secured it back onto its original plinth. The front section was also lifted and put back into place and now the great Herbert Campbell’s memorial once again stands proud amidst the faded grandeur of Abney Park.
ABOVE: THE MIGHTY PINK GRANITE MEMORIAL ERECTED BY HERBERT CAMPBELL'S FRIENDS AS A TOKEN OF THEIR AFFECTION HAS NOW BEEN RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY.
BELOW: HERBERT CAMPBELL'S FINAL RESTING PLACE, HIS WHITE MARBLE HEADSTONE, NOW RESTORED.
Our special thanks go to the Clive Sears, Dave Gracie, Matthew Wylde, Matthew Sears for all their hard work and dedication, to everyone at The Abney Park Trust, especially John Baldock, John Price, Paul Weigand and David Solman who have been so supportive to our aims and extra special thanks go to Herbert Campbell's family.
MUSIC HALL AND VARIETY ARTISTES REMEMBERED
In the heart of Streatham Park Cemetery, stands a unique memorial commemorating artistes of the entertainment profession.
This impressive memorial built of white marble and stone was erected in 1924 by the Variety Artiste Benevolent Fund ( VABF ) and in front, and to the left of the memorial, rest close to 300 stars of the Music Hall and Variety Theatre.
Here a glittering array of talented actors, singers, comedians, dancers, acrobats, escapologists, animal trainers and even a Victorian royal bell ringer, rest here together.
To name just a few;
TOM COSTELLO the popular comedian and singer of Comrades and At Trinity Church I Met My Doom. Comedian, eccentric dancer and vocialist TOM LEAMORE, who sang many songs including Percy From Pimlico. The famous minstrel and pantomime star JOHNNY DANVERS. Comic vocalists ARTHUR ALBERT, GORDON FINLAY, JOHNNY DWYER and CHARLES BIGNELL. Dancers NELLIE NAVETTEand LIZZIE COLLINS who formed part of The Sisters Collins with her sisters Marie and Lottie of Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay fame. Comedienne and female pantomime dame LILY LONG and HETTY TOWERS. JOSEPH TABRAR the popular Composer who wrote Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me A Bow Wow is here. The curtain call goes on and on.
Two years ago we discovered that the memorial stone and burial ground had fallen into a sad and sorry state, so we immediately set up a restoration project and with the help of a small but dedicated team of volunteers and fundraisers and a fabulous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to bring the memorial back to its former glory and have created a new memorial garden with better access.
We have spent over two years or more researching the lives of the artistes resting at Streatham Park Cemetery and we are currently transforming the VABF Chapel into a permanent Theatre Exhibition in which to commemorate these artistes and acknowledge their contribution to the world of entertainment.
We are indebted to Peter Elliott, The Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund and The Heritage Lottery Fund for allowing us to shine a light on these wonderful artistes, whose contribution to our cultural heritage must never be forgotten.
We would like to thank the many descendants of those artistes resting at Streatham Park, Mrs Barbara Ward, the staff at South London Crematorium, Dignity, David Nash, Chris Benson and Sandra Franklin who have all been so supportive towards this project.
AUSTIN RUDD REMEMBERED
In the spring of 2011 we completed the restoration of the memorial erected to the popular Music Hall star AUSTIN RUDD, who rests with his family at St Lawrence's churchyard, Morden.
Austin Rudd was one of Britain’s finest comic singers.
He was born Arthur Rudd on 4th December 1868 in London.
His first professional appearance at the age of 22 was at Deacon’s Music Hall, Clerkenwell. From then onwards he worked consistently over the next forty years, sometimes performing up to seven shows a night and appeared in practically every leading Music Hall in the United Kingdom as well touring America, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Austin often topped the bill with some of the brightest stars in music hall history including Dan Leno, Marie Lloyd, Lottie Collins and Bessie Bellwood.
His act was described as being 'quaint in style' and other times as 'robust' and he would often wear curiously odd make-up.
He wrote and composed many of his own songs, a speciality being a burlesque clerical number. His best-known songs include “Sailors Don’t Care,” “Here We Suffer Grief And Pain,” “Gallery And Boxes’ and “She Was In My Class” which he sang to captive audiences many times at the Victoria Palace in London.
Austin Rudd passed away on 24th March 1929 at the age of 60.
YOU WILL SOON FIND A MORE DETAILED PROFILE ON AUSTIN RUDD AND HIS CAREER IN OUR ARTISTES DATABASE.