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More from Dr Dan O'Brien

A pickpocket amidst the mourners.

Not all people at funerals were there to mourn. In this account we discover what happened when a member of the funeral crowd was found to be stealing from the pockets of those around him.

The disrupted funeral of Richard Russell

The rowdy and disorderly funeral of Richard Russell in 1784. Russell was a local magistrate whose funeral was disrupted by the noise and behaviour of a large, enthusiastic crowd.

Killed by hearse horses.

The unfortunate tale of William Quarray who was killed by a hearse horse.

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‘Following the Leader (Memorial to the Children Killed in the Blitz)’, Peter Laszlo Peri. Vauxhall Gardens estate, Vauxhall

This viewpoint looks at the earliest of Peter Laszlo Peri’s Lambeth murals, ‘Following the Leader (Memorial to the Children Killed in the Blitz)’. Dating to 1949, it was installed on the stairwell of Darley House on the Vauxhall Gardens estate.