The London tourist map has a new addition ... a guide to famous graves. The?
The London tourist map has a new addition ... a guide to famous graves. The book, Famous London Graves, has just been published by Harraps for author Conrad Bailey. It is the result of three years research.
The contents cover the graves of about 1000 famous people and their histories. The graves are scattered throughout London. Many of the tombstones had been forgetter ... some had deteriorated so much they were no longer recognisable.
Mr. Bailey had the task of searching through overgrown cemeteries to discover the graves of most interest. Many were covered by grass and did not bear the profession of the famous person.
Many of the famous had simple graves-such as those of the novelists William Thackery and Anthony Trollope. Some people, now forgotten had enormous monuments in ???-Greek, Gothic and Egyptian styles.
The guide should prove attractive to the thousands of tourists who pour into London each year. The anther hopes cemeteries will take on the importance they used to have in Victorian times. In that age, people used graveyards as parks, suitable for Sunday outings.
The author seemed to favour the Kensal Green cometary as the most rewarding. It is a large oasis of overgrown graves in the middle of a wasteland of gasholders and railway lines. Sixty-four of the graves there are featured in the book.
They include the tomb of William Mulready, a famous nineteenth century artist and illustrator, Charles Blondin, the acrobat who crossed the Niagara Falls on a tight rope, Andrew Durcrow, a circus artist known as the "King of the Mimics" who performed in a Paris circus. He had the tomb built for his wife in the first half of the nineteenth century. The cost was 5000 sterling then. Several members of the Royal Family preferred the Kensal Greek burial ground to that of Windsor Castle. Among these buried there was Princess Sophia, Duchess of Gloucestar.