Every 1 November, Mexicans around the world celebrate Day of the Dead. We set up an altar with pictures of our beloved late relatives and friends to invite them back for a night of drinking and dining.

My son Martin, who loves St Mary’s Church in Stoke Newington, asked me to place a picture of its architect George Gilbert Scott on our altar this year. I couldn’t refuse, of course, but it did make me wonder how Scott would react to finding himself awoken all these years later.

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