Joseph Paxton Memorial Day

8 June 2024, 11am - 4pm

Join us for poetry, tours and singing in memory of Joseph Paxton - architect of London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum. Paxton died on 8 June 1865 and is buried in Edensor, Derbyshire, and has a memorial in London Road Cemetery.  Come and find out more about the creator of this tranquil space. 


11am – 12pm – shape poetry session for all ages – create a shape poem along with poet Emilie Lauren Jones

12pm – 2pm – self-guided trail of London Road Cemetery with clues to find as you go – drop in to the Anglican Chapel to pick up your clue sheet and tour map

2pm – 2.30pm – short talk on Paxton in Coventry by local historian Peter Walters

2.30pm – 3.30pm – guided tour of Paxton’s Arboretum/London Road Cemetery with one of our expert volunteers

3.30pm – Heart of England Companion Voices sing by Paxton’s memorial – Companion Voices sang in the cemetery at the Dead Good Death Festival and are coming back with their beautiful sounds for this event – a treat not to be missed

Refreshments in the Anglican Chapel


Tickets for the poetry session and the tour are bookable on the links above.

Useful information

  • Everyone welcome regardless of age, religion, non religion, gender or background

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at the Anglican Chapel.

Disabled parking is available on Charterhouse Drive, off London Road.

There are uneven pathways throughout London Road Cemetery.

Find us

Sat Nav Destination: CV1 2JT

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Thank you

Made possible with National Heritage Lottery Fund and Community Fund, part of the Parks for People Programme.

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