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Event: Robert Howlett grave rededication / 14 October

The restoration of Robert Howlett's grave is complete.  Restorers lifted the memorial plinth on Tuesday 1st August and, after some remedial work beneath, installed a new bespoke concrete base.  The plinth was then lowered onto this solid base which replaced crumbling, unstable brickwork, and will support his Yorkstone memorial indefinitely.

On 3rd August the obscured text inscription was re engraved using skills authentic to 1858, bringing the grave back to its original condition.

This crowdfunded project has only been made possible by the generosity of people from all corners of the world, photographers, distant relatives and anonymous well wishers.  Howlett's grave will be re dedicated on 14th October in a unique ceremony celebrating this young man's short life.  

Details here:

A JustGiving page is available for donations towards the on going care of his grave to preserve this wonderful restoration here:

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Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on August 28, 2017 at 11:48

As a founder member of Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries [FoBLC] am so pleased to have contributed to this delightful, worthy restoration project.

Comment by Rose Teanby on August 14, 2017 at 15:49

Many thanks for the kind messages regarding the restoration of Robert Howlett's grave.  Great to see his images travelling to the USA and Australia, just like Brunel's ships!

Comment by Marcel Safier on August 14, 2017 at 15:39
I am looking for the "Like" link but can't seem to find it! I have a cdv version of Howlett's photo of Brunel beside the chains of the Great Eastern. The restoration is excellent news!
Comment by David McGreevy on August 11, 2017 at 23:12

Well done Rose! Great work!

Comment by Eric Butler on August 7, 2017 at 21:42

That's great, Rose. well done. 

Comment by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2017 at 13:12

What wonderful news! 

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