The Thomas Crapper Grave Re-dedication Ceremony
Saturday 4th May, 2002, at Beckenham Cemetery

    I was invited to attend the Thomas Crapper Grave Re-dedication Ceremony in England that took place on May 4, 2002. I was unable to attend but here is what happened at the ceremony:

  Over 30 attended, many by the name of Crapper, including one actual Thomas Crapper, a Major in the Royal Signals. The event was acclaimed as a great success by all participants. Revd. Carpenter had succeeded in finding a reference to a 'cistern' in the Bible and duly read it to the assembled company around the grave. This was followed by prayers and a brief address from Simon Kirby, owner of Thomas Crapper's original firm. The sun shone from a clear-blue sky on the gleaming white marble of the tomb, restored by Thomas Crapper & Co..

  After the short service, some went to inspect Mr. Crapper's last house, complete with blue plaque; some walked around the cemetery. Other notable Victorian 'residents' include W. G. Grace, the great cricketer, Frederick Wolseley, who produced the first British motor-car and Samuel Rowbotham, founder of the Flat Earth Society. Next the celebrants traveled to the nearby Bromley Court Hotel for a champagne toast to the immortal memory of Thomas Crapper!

  Present were representatives of Messrs. Twyfords, Royal Doulton and Spode. Telegrams were read aloud from Armitage Shanks Ltd., Dr. Adam Hart-Davis, Lucinda Lambton and other interested parties from around the world. These last include owners of bathroom-related American web-sites and Mr. Ken Grabowski, author of the forthcoming definitive biography of Mr. Crapper.

  Flash-bulbs popped, toasts were proposed and names and addresses were exchanged - for most of the Crappers had not met before. Many brought photocopies of their family trees and together they discovered to what extent they were related.

  Simon Kirby then presented a brief history of the man and the surviving firm, illustrated by slides of old black-and-white photographs. Following this, the buffet, cake and champagne were consumed in a lively atmosphere as stories were elicited and offered in great number by all present. Some Crappers stayed at the hotel and continued the celebrations until the early hours!

  It was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile day; also a mark of respect for one of our great Victorian pioneers to whom we all owe so much.

  At some point we will organize another 'flush' of Crappers and Crapperologists - the centenary of T.C.'s death is 2010 but I am not sure we can wait that long!

    To contact the Thomas Crapper & Company, use the following information:
Thos. Crapper & Co.
Tel.: +44 (0) 1789-450 522.
Fax: +44 (0) 1789-450 523.
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