Brompton Cemetery: The sealed mausoleum believed to be a fully-functioning time machine

Ray Godson and Stephen Coates are both keen to get their hands on a key to the thick bronze door that shields the entrance to an imposing granite mausoleum in Brompton Cemetery in west London.

For Mr Godson, a replacement for the key that went missing in the late 1970s would allow him to pay his respects to Hannah Courtoy, his great-great-grandmother, who is interred in the tomb with two of her three daughters. Mr Coates’s interest is rather more esoteric: he is keen to test a long-held theory that the tomb is a fully functioning Victorian time machine.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Brits do eccentric with such style!

    • Justin St.Denis

      But they are terribly predictable when they commit national suicide. Funny, that.

  • Minicapt

    Probably a direct transfer to the summit of Mt Tambora, on 05 April 1815.


    • UCSPanther

      THE biggest eruption of recent historical times. That blast made Krakatoa, Novarupta and Mt. Pinatubo look like firecrackers in comparison…

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  • V10_Rob

    It does look to be about the right size for a TARDIS with a working chameleon circuit…

    • Exile1981

      Thete is a 60’s or 70’s era Dr. Who episode where the Master has a tardis that looks like that.

  • Gary

    Just wait another 10 years and he’ll be back in the 8th and surrounded by muslims.

  • Brett_McS

    You know where the Earth, and this particular bit of Earth, was 50 years ago? I don’t either, but if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of it as a distant pinprick of light in the second or so of conciousness you have while in the vacuum of space.

  • Clink9

    Everyone knows the only functional time machine is a 1982 DeLorean. With the optional flux capacitor.

    • Tom Forsythe

      In England, you can also use a 1950’s police box.

  • John

    It’s similar to grave site in Edgar Rice Boroughs John Carter Martian Chronicles.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Arabs would claim it’s the 7th most holy site in all of Islam

  • DD_Austin

    Reading about the people in this story explains why “the key went missing”

    RIP free from morons, thanks for losing it Grandpa

  • Dana Garcia

    It is a fine little building. Maybe it could be used in the next movie version of the Time Machine. I enjoyed the book during my teen sci-fi phase.

  • andycanuck

    Why doesn’t he just use a sonic screwdriver to open it? Duh!

  • Spatchcocked

    Where’s Geraldo Rivera?

    Al Capone’s vault was a masterpiece of drama suspense and other arty type stuff but THIS story has OSCAR written all over it.

    I can see it on the big screen …A cocky cockney cub cuckservative crime reporter played by Piers Morgan , on bail for a Trumped up charge of
    Interfering with a Welsh minor’s pony , asks his solicitor Bobby L Ann Sqeek for her advice…….Bobby states that Piers needs a time machine to go back for the evidenced needed to clear the Morgan name….
    The minor details of the rest of the plot we can do in rewrite.

    It’s gonna be Boffo!

  • Spatchcocked

    Oh I forgot….Pamela Anderson (and her dugs never fear)as Piers’ love interest…..

    When we say you’ll leave the theatre shaking your head over the films ‘climax’ we ain’t exaggerating ….you’ll laff….you’ll cry….some of you will be sick to your stomach…..but ALL of you will have been changed forever…..some may require cataract surgery…..some will hopefully take comfort in prayer……some will ask themselves ‘have I finally had enough of this long disease, this long dialogue with imbeciles?’