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Location address: United Kingdom, Westminster
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45 years after his death, in 1969, a memorial to Lord Byron was finally placed on the floor of the Westminster Abbey after he was “spiritually acceptable in his homeland”. He got a a plaque in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey. It took such a long time because Lord Byron had “a worldwide reputation for immorality among English-speaking people”. Bishop Herbert Ryle wrote before : He was “a man who outraged the laws of our Divine Lord, and whose treatment of women violated the Christian principles of purity and honor, should not be commemorated in Westminster Abbey”.
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Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic, church in the City of Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and between 1540 and 1550 had the status of a cathedral; however, the church is no longer an abbey nor cathedral.
Charles Darwin died in his house here in Downe, on 19 April 1882. He had expected to be buried in St Mary’s churchyard at Downe, but at the request of Darwin’s colleagues, William Spottiswoode, arranged for Darwin to be given a state funeral and buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton.
Dorothy Tennant, a Welsh artist, married the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley in Westminster Abbey. Some sources say that on the wedding night he told Morton that ‘sex fit only beasts’ and that the marriage was never ‘consummated’. They adopted a child.
This early English Gothic abbey is the shrine of the nation, and most of England’s kings and queens have been crowned here—and many are buried here as well. We always like to get here when it opens at 9:30am before the crowds of the day descend. Architecturally, its two highlights are the fan-vaulted Henry VII’s Chapel (one of the loveliest in all of Europe) and the shrine to Edward the Confessor, containing the tombs of five kings and three queens. For a final look, walk over to the Poets’ Corner, where everybody from Chaucer to Shelley and Keats are buried.
Source : Frommer’s
Charles Darwin (naturalist) was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel (mathematician, astronomer and chemist) and Isaac Newton (physicist).
Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still (and currently) Monarchs of the Commonwealth Realms. A few of the famous people burried here are
Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling, David Livingstone, Charles Lyell, Isaac Newton,...
In 1982, a plaque was unveiled in honour of writer Dylan Thomas in Poet’s Corner.
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Westminster Abbey is an iconic medieval structure and the site of many historic royal events, from coronations and weddings to burials.