, Saint. Frideswide b. 650 d. October 19, 730 (Dates approximate). Said to have been the daughter of King Didan, she refused the hand of King Algar of Mercia and founded a monastery in Oxford. Algar gave up his claims on here after being affected by a miraculous blindness. She became the patron siant of the town and in 1880 a shrine was erected in the Cathedral for her remains. Since then the shrine has been damaged and reconstructed more than once. Her remains are said to be still nearby, however. (Bio by: David Conway) Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Baker, Benjamin b. March 31, 1840 d. May 19, 1907 Civil engineer. He was the chief designer of the railway bridge over The Firth of Forth, Scotland, in 1890, which is believed one of the greatest achievements of 19th century engineers, for which he was awarded the CMG and Prix Poncelet of The Institute of France. He helped to build London's Underground Railway, Tower Bridge, and the Blackwall Tunnel. In 1902, he was awarded the KCB for his building of the Aswan Dams (low and high) in Egypt. For devising the float for Cleopatra's needle to...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Nicholas Churchyard, Idbury, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Inside the church.
Barea, Arturo b. September 20, 1897 d. December 24, 1957 Spanish Writer. He was born in Badajoz (Extremadura, Spain) and died in Faringdon (England). He was forced to exile during Spanish Civil War and came to live on state of LordFaringdon. This experience marked his work, and he wrote some books about the Spanish Civil War. His masterpiece is the trilogy La Forja de un Rebelde, that include La Forja, La Ruta and la Llama. He become english citizen and worked for the BBC radio. Other of his books El poeta y su pueblo, Unamuno, La raíz rota and El...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) All Saints Churchyard, Faringdon, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Churchyard extension in Coach Lane
Barker, Ronnie b. September 25, 1929 d. October 3, 2005 Actor, Comedian. Famous for being one of the 'The Two Ronnies' with fellow comedian Ronnie Corbett for over 30 years. He also appeared in several television comedies including the BBC's 'Open All Hours' and 'Porridge'. He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to entertainment and in 2004 a BAFTA special shown by the BBC, stars as diverse as Gene Wilder and Peter Hall paid tribute to his contribution to comedy and British television in general. (Bio by: Butterfly) Banbury Crematorium, Banbury, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Urn buried in gardens
Bell, George b. February 4, 1883 d. October 3, 1958 Churchman, student and later tutor at Christ Church College, who became Bishop of Chichester. Before World War II had close links with the anti-Nazi German Confessional Church and its leading member Dietrich Bonhoeffer (q.v.). One of Bonhoeffer's last messages was for Bell: 'Tell him this is for me the end but also the beginning'. The inscription on the photograph comes from a broadcast by Bell to Germany made in 1945. In the year of his death, 1958, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order...[Read More] (Bio by: David Conway) Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Berkeley, George b. March 12, 1685 d. January 14, 1753 Philosopher who believed that, as time was merely the succession of ideas in the mind, things might cease to have any existence when not present in consciousness. Hence his proof of God, as an eternal consciousness bearing everything in mind and therefore enabling continuity of existence. The theory was neatly summed up in two limericks by the theologian and humorist Ronald Knox: There was a young man who said: 'God Must find it exceedingly odd If it seems that this tree Simply ceases to...[Read More] (Bio by: David Conway) Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Blish, James b. May 23, 1921 d. July 30, 1975 Author. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey. He is fondly remembered for his science fiction stories. In fact, he was the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. In 1968, Blish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death. Among his works "Cities in Flight" (that include among others "They Shall Have Stars," "Earthman Come Home" and "A Clash of Cymbals,") "A Case of Conscience," "The Day After Judgment," "Fallen Star," "The Night...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) St Cross Churchyard, Holywell, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Near the grave of Kenneth Grahame.
Brevoort, Marguerite Claudia 'Meta' b. November 8, 1825 d. December 19, 1876 Mountaineer. She was a redoubtable mountain climber and one of a small band of women who blazed a trail for women in the Alps, as well as making a number of notable ascents. She also introduced her nephew, William Coolidge, who became an outstanding mountaineer, to alpine climbing when he was 15 years of age. Although born in New York she spent her early years in a Paris convent school and in 1864, with her sister Mrs Elisabeth Coolidge (who took her two children with her, leaving her husband...[Read More] (Bio by: Peter Cox) St Sepulchres Cemetery, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Brooks, Edward b. April 10, 1883 d. June 26, 1944 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Oakley Buckinghamshire, England, he served as a Sergeant Major in the 2/4th Battalion, Oxford-Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, British Army. In actions at the village of Fayet, near St. Quentin, France, April 28, 1917, Sergeant Major Brooks while taking part in a raid on the enemy's trenches, saw that the front wave was checked by an enemy machine-gun. On his own initiative, he rushed forward, capturing the gun, killing one of the gunners with his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rose Hill Cemetery, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Plot: Plot G2, Grave 119.
Brouncker, Sir. William b. 1585 d. November, 1645 1st Viscount Brouncker of Lyons. Born the son of Sir Henry Brouncker and Ann Parker. He attended St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, taking a degree in 1606. He was invested as a Knight in December 1615. He held the office of Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles I and held the office of Vice-Chamberlain to the Prince of Wales. He married Winifred Leigh about 1645 and with her had two sons, including the mathematician also named William Brouncker. He was created 1st Baron Brouncker of...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Brouncker, Winifred Leigh d. July 30, 1649 English Aristocracy. Born Winifred Leigh in Warwickshire, the daughter of Sir William Leigh. She married William Brouncker, 1st Viscount Brouncker of Lyons, and with him had at least two sons. As a result of her marriage, she was styled Viscountess Brouncker of Lyons. It was recorded that she was a noted gambler, winning and losing 'vast sums.' She died at the end of July 1649, and was interred some ten days later at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. (Bio by: Iola) Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Buchan, John b. August 26, 1875 d. February 11, 1940 British Peer, Author. Born in Perth, Scotland, the eldest son of Reverend John Buchan and Helen Masterson. He attended the University of Glasgow on scholarship where he began writing both prose and poetry, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize for poetry. He passed the bar in 1901 and worked on the staff of the high commissioner for South Africa from 1901 to 1903. Upon his return to Britain, he became a director of Nelson's, the publishers for whom he wrote. In 1907 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) St Thomas of Canterbury Churchyard, Elsfield, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Burton, Robert 'Democritus Junior' b. February 8, 1577 d. January 25, 1640 Author of the wonderfully learned, humorous and eccentric masterpiece 'The Anatomy of Melancholy', written under the pseudonym of Democritus Junior, which is repeated on the memorial above his tomb. According to his contemporary, the gossip Anthony a Wood, he had predicted the time of his death with the aid of astrology, and hanged himself so that the prediction would be accurate. (Bio by: David Conway) Cause of death: allegedly hanged himself Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Butt, Clara Ellen b. February 1, 1872 d. January 23, 1936 British Dramatic Contralto who debuted Sir Edward Elgar's "Sea Pictures", "Coronation Ode" and "Dream of Gerontius" stood 6 feet, 2 inches in height in stocking feet and, according to Sir Thomas Beecham, could be heard on a clear day across the British Channel. Referred to as "The Voice of the Empire" and "The British Schumann- Heink" she married baritone Robert Kennerly Rumford in 1900 and the Rumfords often gave joint recitals. The Rumfords had two sons, Roy and Victor and a daughter, Joy...[Read More] (Bio by: Ed Norton) Cause of death: cancer of the spine St Mary Churchyard, North Stoke, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England