Click Image above for
Clowns from around the country, gather each year to remember Joseph Grimaldi 1778 -1837, considered to be the father of the
modern day clown. At the annual Grimaldi Church Service, which now takes place on the first Sunday in February from 3pm. at
All Saints Church, Livermere Road, Haggerston, London E8.
Grimaldi was so popular as a harlequin dress clown, he become known throughout the clowning fraternity as 'Joey' a name by
which all clowns are still known today.
Grimaldi was the first to use the make up to extenuate his facial expressions.
He was an actor/clown in the theatre, never working in circus.
Sadly his career was cut short due to illness and retired
early. He is buried in the old St. James Church yard in
Pentonville Road. Islington, now called Joseph Grimaldi Park.
Where clowns gather every year on the 31st of May to lay a
wreath at his grave.
Grimaldi Church Service
A Registered Charity
Reg. No. 1076724
Gallery & Museum