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Decorations on Sparrowhawk grave

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Decorated grave of Ronnie (d. 2007) and Nellie (d. 2020) Sparrowhawk, in London Road Cemetery, London Borough of Merton, 3 January 2022.

The Sparrowhawk family were travellers who ran a successful rag and scrap metal business – Jack Sparrowhawk & Sons – in Mitcham, from 1926 until 2014. Amongst other things they were appreciated for their willingness to take away the residue left at the end of jumble sales, paying a small amount for the debris.

In south London cemeteries the graves of travellers can often be recognised by their exuberant decorations, and depictions of horses, often pulling caravans, on the gravestones.

Edited 23 January 2022.

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