Folk Olympics: Mrs Basil Holmes - Gravestones, Greed & Old School Socks

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Folk Olympics: Mrs Basil Holmes - Gravestones, Greed & Old School Socks

A fortnightly celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

And so we arrive at our third Olympic Borough, Hackney, and the story of Mrs Basil Holmes, saviour of London's graveyards.

"Many would have considered Mrs Basil Holmes a little odd when she decided to spend her leisure time wandering around in graveyards and cemeteries. But one thing she wasn't was blind. She noticed what everyone else had failed to see..."

All songs are free to download from Songs From The Howling Sea. Lyrics can be found here.

Previously in Greenwich

Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 13 February 2012

Amanda

There was a woman at Highgate Cemetery that has/had dedicated decades of her life to preserving the cemetery.  As of 2008 -- though into her 90s -- she was still at work at the cemetery every day, giving tours and generally being pedantic.  Yay for old ladies and cemeteries.