Spending your days tramping round a graveyard may sound a bit morbid but that's exactly what one woman has spent the last 10 months doing at St Leonard's Church in Heston.
Lynda Hardy was so shocked by the state of crumbling headstones in what is reputedly one of the country's largest churchyards she set out to capture them for posterity.
Nearly a year later, the church organist has produced a fascinating book she hopes will bring the ancient burial place alive (not literally) for visitors.
"I was down here checking facts for a previous book when I noticed many of the inscriptions were crumbling away," said the mum-oftwo, who lives in Dorset Avenue, Norwood Green.
"I decided it was important to stop this bit of history being lost forever, especially with people so interested in researching their family trees these days."
From the last survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar to Queen Victoria's childhood nanny, the graveyard is teeming with interesting characters.
But probably its most famous resident is Private Frederick John White, who has the dubious honour of being the last soldier to be flogged in the country.
It was the summer of 1846 when, aged 27, he was found guilty of striking his sergeant with a metal bar in a drunken fight and sentenced to 50 lashes - only for the sentence to be doubled when, halfway through, he unwisely told his commanding officer, Colonel Whyte, what he thought of him.
He never survived the beating and such was the fury provoked by his death in the barracks that Col Whyte was sent to India and flogging was outlawed in the Army, with a little help from the then parish vicar Rev HenryTrimmer.
Mrs Hardy, who teaches music, said she had spent up to six hours a day at the graveyard researching her book, much to the concern of her family.
Heston Histories - the Vanishing Graves of St Leonard's Churchyard - is available to view at the local place of worship.
"People probably have me down as a local eccentric, and my daughter was starting to get a bit worried about me, but I feel I've almost got to know some of the characters buried here," she said.
"It makes me ever so sad reading some of the inscriptions, especially for those who died very young."