Welcome to Burials and Beyond, a light-hearted, personal blog about ‘life, death and the weird bits in-between.’

I’m Kate Cherrell, a British enthusiast of cemeteries, mourning traditions, spiritualism, the paranormal and the gothic! In short, I’m a professional morbid sod.

When I’m not knee-deep in writing, I can usually be found conducting fun, deathly public lectures, assisting at Arnos Vale Cemetery and eating too many biscuits.

Burials and Beyond is primarily a personal passion-project; an outlet for me to explore and record my interests in death, memorial, superstition and odd folklore. Subsequently, the content here is very varied, but is all categorised under the same odd and gloomy umbrella.

This blog is not an extension of my academic work, nor should it be read as such; hey, we all need a hobby! If you are interested in academic sites concerning death, memorials, the supernatural etc. or simply want to explore the work of other writers, I endeavour to keep an updated list of recommended blogs and resources on the More Content tab.

If you’d like to engage with me and my writing, please do leave a comment, otherwise, you can find me over on my social media: Facebook  – TwitterInstagram.

Kate x


  1. Hi kate,what a brilliant site.I,m a collector of antique clothes 1830 onwards and early cycles 1868 to 1960 s.My husband and self can usually be found cycling in our late Victorian outfits on our early bikes.We,ve probably frightened a few people as we stop to explore churches and graveyards!I do have quite a bit of mourning clothing ,all very elegant,but one of my favourites is a c1916 dress.Is it true that some women in 1s t ww took to wearing white as mourning,also mourning for children in 1920 s working class culture,what clothes would have been worn ?Hope you can point me in right direction for any info.Thank you .Jackie


    • Hi Jackie, sorry for taking so long to respond. Its fantastic to hear from another clothing collector! The image of you and your husband in such wonderful outfits is so charming. I’ve been hoping to sew a similar outfit for myself and I might just manage it this year.
      As far as widows in white goes, I know that fiancees who lost their betrothed during the war were referred to as ‘white widows’, although this didn’t reflect in their dress, to my knowledge.
      As for working class, I have very few examples (photographs etc) of children in morning from this period. Those that I do have are pictured beside coffins and are simply dressed smartly. It seems that at the turn of the century, even the crepe arm bands were done with.
      A fantastic resource is a book called ‘Mourning Dress’ by Lou Taylor; its definitely worth the investment. xx


      • hi Kate ,sorry I haven,t got back to you sooner.Just looked at my emails!Will try and source the book you recommend.Have you read To Prove I,m Not Forgot by Sylvia Barnard?.I t,s the history of Beckett Street Cemetery and a truly fascinating book.Written by someone else who appreciates the morbid fascination of a good cemetery.


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