George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) - Westminster Abbey
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Quick Description: Set in the floor of Poet's Corner, in Westminster Abbey, is a memorial stone to George Eliot otherwise known as Mary Ann Evans. Her body os interred at Highgate cemetery in North London.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/7/2020 10:45:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM13G97
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Long Description:

The square, marble memorial stone is inscribed:

Mary Ann
Evans 1819-1880
Buried at Highgate

The first condition of
human goodness is some
thing to love; the second
something to reverence

The Westminster Abbey website has an article about George Eliot that tells us:

On 21st June 1980 a memorial stone for George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist, was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. The sculptor was John Skelton.

The stone is set between memorials to Dylan Thomas and W.H. Auden and the quote is taken from Scenes of Clerical Life. The stone was unveiled by Gordon Haight of Yale University, who also gave the address. Tenniel Evans, great-great nephew of the novelist and President of the George Eliot Fellowship gave a reading, as did Margaret Wolfit and Gabriel Woolf. A wreath of laurel and white flowers was laid on the stone by Mr A.F.Adams.

Mary Ann Evans was born at South Farm, Arbury near Nuneaton on 22nd November 1819. In 1841 she moved to Coventry and she later travelled abroad. Back in London she edited the Westminster Review. In 1854 she went to Germany with George Henry Lewes and lived with him there. Her first work of fiction was Scenes from Clerical Life, a book about people and places in her native town, followed by Adam Bede, published under the nom de plume George Eliot. Her other well-known works are Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch. In May 1880 she married a banker John Walter Cross but died a few months later on 22nd December 1880. She is buried at Highgate cemetery in London. Many modern critics regard her as the greatest novelist of the 19th century.


With the re-opening of Westminster Abbey after Covid-19 lockdown photography, for private use, has been allowed in most areas of the Abbey when services are not taking place (see here). There is an entry fee payable to enter the Abbey that is currently £18 for an adult (October, 2020).

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Poet's Corner - Westminster Abbey

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