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07/10/2008

Frederick Richards Leyland's grave, Brompton Cemetery, London



These two photos were taken in Brompton Cemetery in London and shows details of Frederick Richards Leyland's funerary monument, the only such work by Edward Burne-Jones - the finest Arts and Crafts funerary monument in the UK (and Grade II listed - officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance). Frederick Richards Leyland (1831-1892) was a Liverpool shipowner (one of the largest shipowners in Britain) and art collector. He founded the Leyland shipping line in 1873.
Brompton Cemetery is managed by The Royal Parks and While the cemetery is still open for occasional new burials, today more people use it as a public park than as a place for mourning the dead. The West London and Westminster Cemetery Company, as it was known, was established in 1836, and then opened in 1840 to the design of Benjamin Baud. Regarded as one of the finest Victorian Metropolitan cemeteries in the country, it has a formal layout with a central avenue leading to a chapel based on St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Amongst its shady walks are over 35,000 monuments - many of historical importance. The cemetery provides a rare haven of peace, beauty and tranquillity. See also Brompton Cemetery - Royal Parks' website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's some serious piece of art !... And your photos are just great as always. Cheers, Sophie