Abel, Frederick Augustus b. July 7, 1827 d. September 6, 1902 Scientist. He was an English military chemist who developed a process for reducing gun cotton to a pulp, thus enabling it to be worked and stored in safety. Together with Scottish physicist and ballistics expert Sir Andrew Noble, he developed new and important theories of explosives. He was one of twenty-six original students of the Royal College of Chemistry, enrolling when the institution began in 1845. In March 1852 he succeeded scientist [Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Nunhead Cemetery, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
Alma-Tadema, Lawrence b. January 8, 1836 d. June 28, 1912 Artist. Born in Holland, he moved to London, England when in his mid-30s, in 1869. He became very much part of the English establishment, gaining a knighthood in 1899. A genial and uncomplicated man, Alma-Tadema enjoyed his success and money, living in extravagant life-style. His life was an enormously sucessful one in which he was made an RA, knighted and showered with honours from many countries. In London, after the death of his first wife, Alma Tadema married Laura Epps, who appears in many...[Read More] (Bio by: MC) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: The Crypt
Barry, James b. October 11, 1741 d. February 22, 1806 Artist. He is best remembered for his six part series of paintings entitled The Progress of Human Culture in the Great Room of the Royal Society of Arts. Born in Cork, Ireland his father was a builder and later a coastal trader between Ireland and England. He convinced his father to allow him to study drawing and art and was first instructed by local artist John Butts. Around the age of 17 he first attempted oil painting, and between then and the age of 22, when he first went to Dublin, he...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: The Crypt, Artists Corner
Barton, Sr. Elizabeth b. 1506 d. April 20, 1534 English Visionary, known as The Nun of Kent, whose prophecies led to her execution under Henry VIII. In 1525, nineteen years old, she had an illness during which she fell into frequent trances and was capable of saying "wondrously things done in other places." Her parish priest, Richard Masters, convinced of her sincerity, reported the matter to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Shortly after the commission pronounced in her favour, her prediction that the Blessed Virgin would cure her at a certain...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) Grey Friars London, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Beatty, David b. January 17, 1871 d. March 11, 1936 British Naval Admiral. He was born on 17 January 1871 in Cheshire, of Anglo-Irish parentage. He entered the training establishment HMS Britannia, Dartmouth at the age of just under thirteen, and joined his first ship HMS Alexandria just before his fifteenth birthday. He served with distinction in the Sudan from 1896 to 1898, and it was in Khartoum in 1898 that a bottle of champagne famously was tossed ashore from Beatty's gunboat, the Fateh, to a grateful Winston Churchill. Beatty then served...[Read More] (Bio by: Ronald Land) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: The crypt, next to Jellicoe
Beckford, William [memorial] b. December 19, 1709 d. June 21, 1770 Memorial only. MP and twice Lord Mayor of London, noted for his radical and anti-monarchist opinions. He sided with the ultra-radical John Wilkes and his speech complaining to the King is engraved beneath this memorial. for the City of London he was an important symbol of 'the free Englishman'. Father of the eccentric author of 'Vathek' (also William Beckford). (Bio by: David Conway) Cause of death: Chill Guildhall, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Beerbohm, Sir. Max (Henry Maximilian) b. August 24, 1872 d. May 20, 1956 Caricaturist, Author. Born in London, England. The youngest of nine children of a Lithuanian-born grain merchant, Julius Ewald Edward Beerbohm (1811–92). His mother was Eliza Draper Beerbohm (d. 1918). Affectionately known to everyone as "Max" he was the younger half brother of the actor-producer Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, he was accustomed to fashionable society from his boyhood. While still an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford, Max published witty essays in the famous Yellow Book. In...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: ashes buried in the crypt
Blake, William [cenotaph] b. November 28, 1757 d. August 12, 1827 Poet, Artist and Engraver. Although he lived a life of near abject poverty, died in relative obscurity and was considered if not mad, then certainly eccentric be his contemporaries, history would prove him to be an immensely influential poet, artist and visionary. Blake was a study in contradictions and paradoxs: married but supported free love, devoutly religious while bordering on charges of heresy, supported revolutionaries, while sickened by actual violence. His most famous works were "...[Read More] (Bio by: morgannia) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Blitheman, John b. 1525 d. May 23, 1591 Composer, Organist, Singer. Also known (incorrectly) as William Blitheman. He was one of England's first important keyboard composers, long associated with the Elizabethan court. His complex style influenced William Byrd and he was the primary teacher of John Bull. Nothing is known of Blitheman's early life. As a teen he was a chorister of St. Paul's Cathedral in London and he sang with the choir of Christ Church at Oxford in the 1550s, by which time he was already connected with the royal...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Nicholas Olave Church (Defunct), London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: Church destroyed 1666; Senator House, Queen Victoria St, stands on the site
Boyce, William b. September 1, 1711 d. February 7, 1779 Composer. He was an important transitional figure in English music of the 1700s. His early compositions, among them "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" (1739) and the "Twelve Trio Sonatas" (published 1747), were written in the Baroque manner. The "Eight Symphonies" (1760) and "Twelve Overtures" (1770) show him following the trend toward early Classicism. He also wrote anthems and much theatre music. The song "Heart of Oak" (1759) is probably his best known piece. Boyce was born in London. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burby, Cuthbert b. 1565 d. September, 1607 Publisher, Bookseller. Active in London from 1592 until his death, he brought out works by several important Elizabethan playwrights. These include early quarto editions of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" (1598) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1599), and "Edward III" (1596), issued anonymously but now thought to have been written by Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd. Burby was born on a farm in Erlsey, Bedfordshire. From his late teens he apprenticed under stationer William Wright in the Poultry section...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) St Mildred Poultry Church (Defunct), London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: Below chancel. Church demolished 1872, remains moved to City Of London Cemetery, Ilford. Plaque marks site of church.
Callaghan, Leonard James b. March 27, 1912 d. March 26, 2005 British Prime Minister. His official title is Lord Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff. He was World War II veteran who spent his post-war years establishing himself in government. After holding several positions he served as prime minister from April 1976 until May 1979 (and would eventually become the longest surviving Prime Minister). He was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher. He died one day before his 93rd birthday and 11 days after Audrey, his wife of 67 years. (Bio by: Selk) Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: Ashes scaterred around the base of the Peter Pan statue situated near the hospital entrance.
Churchill, Sir. Winston Leonard Spencer [memorial] b. November 30, 1874 d. January 24, 1965 British Prime Minister. He led Great Britain through the Second World War and during the first two years while the country was the sole resistance to German Nazi dictator Adolph Hitler while enduring intense fire bombings by Nazi Air force planes. With the war near its end, he helped broker the peace agreements which led to the partitioning of Europe by Russia and the west and it was Churchill who coined the term 'iron curtain', referring to the demarcation between east and west Europe. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Guildhall, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Clarke, Jeremiah b. 1674 d. December 1, 1707 Composer. He was named Master of Choristers at St. Paul's Cathedral in London in 1703, and joint organist of the Chapel Royal in 1704. His compositions include 20 church anthems and several songs and harpsichord pieces. Depressed over a rejected marriage proposal (his intended bride was of a higher social rank), he shot himself in the churchyard of St. Paul's. Given the circumstances of Clarke's death, it is ironic that his best known work, the "Trumpet Voluntary" (1700) for organ and brass, is...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: Unmarked grave in unconsecrated section of the old churchyard
Colet, Rev Fr. John b. January, 1467 d. September 10, 1519 Theologian. The son of Sir Henry Collet, who twice served as Lord Mayor of London, he graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, and became a priest in 1498. From 1504 until his death he was Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, and with a large inheritence from his father he founded St. Paul's School (1510). He also served as private chaplain to Henry VIII, even though he opposed the king's war with France. A noted Christian humanist, Colet was closely associated with Erasmus and Thomas...[Read More] (Bio by: wildgoose) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England
Collingwood, Cuthbert b. October 24, 1748 d. March 7, 1810 British Naval Admiral. He was born in Newcastle and was educated at the Royal Free Grammar School in Jesmond. He joined the Royal Navy straight after leaving school and gradually rose through the ranks. At the Battle of Trafalgar, as Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy, he was second-in-command to Admiral Lord Nelson and captained the ship "Royal Sovereign". When Nelson was killed Lord Collingwood took charge of the battle. The British went on to defeat Napoleon and he was awarded a peerage and an...[Read More] (Bio by: Kieran Smith) Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England Plot: Crypt