Westminster Abbey

by Syl | created - 25 Dec 2012 | updated - 21 Mar 2018 | Public

Plot: The RAF Chapel

1. Peggy Ashcroft

Actress | A Passage to India

Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew (1933). On stage she was cast...

Plot: Poets Corner

3. Edmund Allenby

Self | With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia

Edmund Allenby was born in 1861 at Brackenhurst Hall, Nottinghamshire county, England, one of six children and the son of a country gentleman. His military service began when he entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1881 where he was commissioned into the Royal Cavalry and sent to ...

Plot: Nave GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

4. Clement Attlee

Self | Biography

Clement Attlee was one of Britain's most significant political figures. He was the leader of Britain's Labour Party from 1935-1955 and Deputy Prime Minister of the UK during the wartime coalition against Nazi Germany (1940-45). He won a landslide victory in the 1945 general election, defeating ...

Plot: North aisle

5. Stanley Baldwin

Self | BBC: The Voice of Britain

Stanley Baldwin was born on August 3, 1867 in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England. He died on December 14, 1947 in Astley Hall, Worcestershire.

Plot: Cremated at Golders Green, buried in the Nave GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

6. Michael William Balfe

Soundtrack | Chaplin

Distant relative of Lorne Balfe, the Scottish film composer and producer. And also David Balfe (father of Lorne) who was a rock musician in the group Sunshine.

Plot: North Choir

Plot: Poets Corner, name on Abraham Cowley's grave marker, actual grave is unmarked [unmarked] GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

8. Ernest Bevin

Self | Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder

Ernest Bevin was born on March 9, 1881 in Winsford, Somerset, England. He died on April 14, 1951 in London, England.

Plot: Nave GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

9. Robert Browning

Writer | A Light Woman

He had one child, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning, born in 1849. He was called Penini and Pen for short.

Plot: Poet's Corner, alongside Tennyson GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

11. Lord Byron

Writer | Don Juan DeMarco

Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight.

Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on...

Plot: Poet's Corner

12. Neville Chamberlain

Self | Biography

Neville Chamberlain was born on March 18, 1869 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England as Arthur Neville Chamberlain. He was married to Anne de Vere Cole. He died on November 9, 1940 in Heckfield, Hampshire, England.

Plot: Just south of the nave altar (cremated at Golders Green)

13. Geoffrey Chaucer

Writer | The Ribald Tales of Canterbury

He had four children: Thomas Chaucer, born 1369, Speaker of the House of Commons, who married Maud de Burghersh; Lewis Chaucer, who died young and to whom his father dedicated "Treatise on the Astrolabe"; Elizabeth, who entered a convent; and Agnes Chaucer, lady-in-waiting at the coronation of her ...

Plot: Poets Corner, name is on Abraham Cowley's marker, actual grave is unmarked. [unmarked]

14. William Congreve

Writer | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

Incredibly, although there have been several films entitled "The Way of the World", none of them have been based on Congreve's famous play. Congreve's play has, in fact, never been seen on the motion picture screen (as of 2005). It has, however, been produced on television.

GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

15. Noël Coward

Writer | In Which We Serve

Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...

Plot: Nave Memorial

Plot: Nave

18. Charles Darwin

Les Misérables

Charles Darwin is known for his work on Les Misérables (1935), The Little Minister (1934) and A Damsel in Distress (1937).

Plot: The North Choir ailse, close to Sir Isaac Newton GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

Plot: Poets Corner, name is on Abraham Cowley's marker, actual grave is unmarked [unmarked] GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

20. Charles Dickens

Writer | Scrooged

Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start ...

Plot: Poets Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

21. Richard Dimbleby

Actor | Libel

Richard Dimbleby was born on May 25, 1913 in Richmond, Surrey, England. He was an actor and producer, known for Libel (1959), This Is the BBC (1959) and School for Sinners (1965). He died on December 22, 1965 in London, England.

Plot: Nave memorial

22. Paul Dirac

Self | Horizon

Paul Dirac was born on August 8, 1902 in Bishopton, Bristol, England as Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac. He was married to Margit Balazs. He died on October 20, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.

Plot: Nave Memorial

23. Benjamin Disraeli

Writer | Sybil

Served as Prime Minister of United Kingdom in 1868 and 1874-1880.

Cenotaph

24. Hugh Dowding

Self | The Battle for The Battle of Britain

Hugh Dowding died on February 15, 1970 in England.

Plot: RAF Chapel with his wife Muriel Dowding GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

Plot: Poet's Corner

Plot: Poets Corner, name is on Abraham Cowley's marker, actual grave is unmarked [unmarked] GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

27. Edward Elgar

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Edward Elgar was born on June 2, 1857, in Broadheath, near Worcester, where his father named William Elgar, was a music shop owner and a piano technician. Elgar was the fourth of six children. He was self-taught in all musical instruments, that were at his disposal in his father's shop, and he ...

Memorial

28. George Eliot

Writer | Middlemarch

Mary Anne Evans was born on 22 November 1819 at South Farm, Arbury Hall near Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Her parents were Robert Evans, the manager of Arbury Hall, and Christina Evans. She had four siblings: Robert, Fanny, Chrissy and Isaac. Mary was always considered a serious child and she always had...

Plot: Poets Corner

Plot: Poets Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

30. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil

Self | The General Election Results

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil was born on August 27, 1893 as Robert Arthur James Gascoyne-Cecil. He was previously married to Elizabeth Vere Cavendish.

Plot: Nave

31. George Frideric Handel

Soundtrack | Autómata

Born February 23 1685 in Halle, Germany, he was christened "Georg Friederich Händel" but always signed his name "Georg Friedrich Händel". His father intended for him to go into law, but Händel studied music clandestinely and was eventually allowed to study under an organist. He achieved some sucess...

Plot: Poets Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

32. Thomas Hardy

Writer | Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840 in Upper Bockhampton, Dorset, England. He was a writer, known for Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Tess (1979) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). He was married to Florence Emily Dugdale and Emma Lavinia Gifford. He died on January 11, 1928 in Dorchester,...

Plot: Poets Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd) Body minus heart interred here.

35. Henry Irving

Actor | Soldier of Liberty

Henry Irving is an actor, known for Soldier of Liberty (2003).

Plot: Poets Corner (Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium) GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

36. Ben Jonson

Soundtrack | Sense and Sensibility

Benjamin Jonson was born 1571 as the posthumous son of a Protestant minister. His mother then moved him to Westminster, where she married a bricklayer. He attended a free parish school as a boy, and thanks to the sponsorship of the headmaster, was able to attend Westminster Grammar School. ...

Plot: The Nave GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd) Plot: Poets' Corner, above Poets' Door

37. Rudyard Kipling

Writer | The Man Who Would Be King

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, a museum director and author and illustrator. This was at the height of the "British Raj", so he was brought up by Indian nurses ("ayahs"), who taught him something of the beliefs and tongues of India. He was ...

Plot: Poets Corner (Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium) GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

38. Constant Lambert

Composer | Anna Karenina

Constant Lambert was born on August 23, 1905 in London, England. He is known for his work on Anna Karenina (1948), Merchant Seamen (1941) and Bar aux Folies-Bergère (1938). He was married to Isabel Agnes Delmar and Florence Cutter. He died on August 21, 1951 in London.

Plot: Poet's Corner, South Transept, near tomb of Handel

40. David Lloyd George

Writer | The First World War

David Lloyd George was born on January 17, 1863 in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, England. He was a writer, known for The First World War (2003), Vår egen tid (1959) and The Lord Mayor of London (1914). He was married to Frances Stevenson and Mrs. Lloyd George. He died on March 26, 1945 in ...

Plot: The North Aisle of The Nave. GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

41. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Writer | Temple of Our Fathers

One of America's most beloved and widely read poets, he is best known for "Evangeline" (1847), "The Song of Hiawatha" (1855) and "The Courtship of Miles Standish" (1858).

Plot: Poets Corner

42. Ramsay MacDonald

Self | BBC: The Voice of Britain

Ramsay MacDonald was born on October 12, 1866 in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland as James Ramsey MacDonald. He died on November 5, 1937.

Plot: Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

43. Christopher Marlowe

Writer | Edward II

Born the son of a shoe-maker two months before the birth of another famous playwright, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe achieved fame as an Elizabethan dramatist as well as an atheist. He was killed in a tavern brawl by a former friend, allegedly over a bill. There is now some evidence that...

Plot: Poets' Corner, memorial window panel between Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Gaskell

44. Elizabeth Gaskell

Writer | Heartstrings

Elizabeth Gaskell was born on September 29, 1810 in Chelsea, London, England as Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson. She was a writer, known for Heartstrings (1923), Your Show Time (1949) and North & South (2004). She was married to Rev. William Gaskell. She died on November 12, 1865 in Holybourne, ...

Plot: Poets' Corner, memorial window panel between Oscar Wilde and Christopher Marlowe.

45. John Masefield

Writer | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

John Masefield was a poet, known for his poems of the sea (as a young man, he was apprenticed aboard a sailing ship) and his narrative poems, although he also wrote a number of novels. He became Poet Laureate in 1930.

Plot: Poets Corner

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

48. Wilf Gibson

Music_department | Summer of Sam

Wilf Gibson is known for his work on Summer of Sam (1999), Game for Vultures (1979) and The Last September (1999).

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

49. Robert Graves

Writer | Le guerriere dal seno nudo

British poet and novelist Robert Graves was born Robert von Ranke Graves in London, England, in 1895. He began to write poetry while a student at London's Charterhouse School, and even while serving as an officer in the British army during World War I he kept at it, turning out three books of ...

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

50. Wilfred Owen

Writer | The Burying Party

British poet Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He attended London University, but moved to France in 1913 to escape the harsh English winters, which were bad for his health. He secured a job in Bordeaux as a tutor for a wealthy family and wrote a poetry book, "Minor ...

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

51. Siegfried Sassoon

Writer | The First World War

Siegfried Sassoon was born on September 8, 1886 in Matfield, Kent, England as Siegfried Loraine Sassoon. He was a writer, known for The First World War (2003), Aftermath (2016) and T. E. Lawrence 1888-1935 (1962). He was married to Hester Gatty. He died on September 1, 1967 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire...

Memorial stone for the poets of World War I. Those memorialised on the stone are: Richard Aldington B.1892 D.1962., Laurence Binyon B.1869 D.1945., Edmund Blunden B.1896 D.1974., Rupert Brooke B.1887 D.1915., Wilfrid Gibson B.1878 D.1962., Robert Graves B.1895 D.1985., Julian Grenfell B.1888 D.1915., Ivor Gurney B.1890 D.1937., David Jones B.1895 D.1974., Robert Nichols B.1893 D.1944., Wilfred Owen B.1893 D.1918., Siegefried Sassoon B.1886 D.1967., Charles Sorley B.1895 D.1915 and Edward Thomas B.1878 D.1917. The stone was unveiled on the 11th November, 1985 by the poet Ted Hughes. Burial: Westminster Abbey Westminster Greater London, England Plot: Poets Corner

52. John Milton

Writer | Paradise Lost

He was fully blind before the publication of "Paradise Lost."

Plot: Poet's Corner Cenotaph

54. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Sleuth

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

Plot: Poets Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

55. Henry Purcell

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

A master of religious and instrumental music as well as stage works.

56. Charles Villiers Stanford

Soundtrack | Double Parked

He was interred at Westminster Abbey in London, England in the North Choir Aisle plot.

Plot: North Choir Aisle

57. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Writer | The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. He was a writer, known for The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Lady Clare (1919) and Naked Hearts (1916). He was married to Emily Sellwood. He died on October 6, 1892 in Aldworth, Surrey, England.

Plot: Poet's Corner GPS coordinates: 51.5000801, -0.1292300 (hddd.dddd)

58. Dylan Thomas

Soundtrack | Interstellar

Dylan Thomas was born at the start of the First World War in the "ugly, lovely town" of Swansea, an industrial, coastal town on the South Wales Coast. He published his first volume of poetry, "Eighteen poems" in 1934 and went on to write many more volumes of poetry as well as many short stories, ...

Plot: Poets Corner Memorial

59. Sybil Thorndike

Actress | The Prince and the Showgirl

This distinguished theatrical tragedienne will be remembered forever if only for the fact George Bernard Shaw wrote his classic "Saint Joan" work specifically for her. Her over six-decade career allowed for a gallery of sterling, masterful portrayals, both classic and contemporary, performing all ...

60. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Soundtrack | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams was perhaps the most important English composer of the 20th Century. His influence on the development of 20th Century music was immense. Benjamin Britten and numerous film composers (Jerry Goldsmith, etc.) owe a lot to him. He created a truly contemporary idiom whose ...

Plot: His ashes are buried in the North Choir Aisle. Cremated at Golders Green Crematorium

Plot: North Choir Aisle

62. William Walton

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

William Walton came from a musical family. He entered Christ Church, Oxford at the early age of sixteen but left without a degree in 1920. A fine musician, he was essentially self-taught as a composer, except some instruction from Hugh Allen, the cathedral organist. Through literary friends and ...

Composer. His ashes were interred at his home in Ischia, Italy. A cenotaph for Walton was dedicated in Westminster Abbey on July 20, 1983. Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Greater London, England Plot: Musicians' Corner (Cenotaph).

63. Frank Whittle

Self | Reaching for the Skies

Frank Whittle was born on June 1, 1907 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He died on August 9, 1996 in Columbia, Maryland, USA.

64. Stephen Hawking

Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of ...



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