Edward Lear - Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.985 W 000° 07.636
30U E 699386 N 5709314
Quick Description: There is a memorial stone to the nonsensical poet, Edward Lear, set into the floor of Westminster Abbey in Poets' Corner. Lear was born in 1812 and died in 1888 and is buried in San Remo.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/12/2020 8:53:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM13GV9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:

The inscription on the memorial stone is inscribed:

Painter and Poet
Buried in San Remo

The Westminster Abbey website has an article about Edward Lear that tells us:

A memorial stone to Edward Lear, writer, artist and ornithologist, was unveiled in Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey on 6th June 1988 by Sir Hugh Casson. It adjoins memorials to Anthony Trollope and D.H. Lawrence. The insert of the profile of Lear is in brown on a white circular background.

He was born in May 1812 in London, a son of Jeremiah Lear and his wife Ann (Skerrett). Educated at home by his sisters he then became an artist and his first illustrations were in a book about birds. Later he lived in Rome and turned to landscape painting. In 1846 he published A Book of Nonsense. His is best known today for his limericks and nonsense poems such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. He was a resident of San Remo and died there 29th January 1888.

A bi-centenary wreath laying was held in the Abbey on 12th May 2012.


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 (December, 2020).

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

Location: Poets' Corner - Westminster Abbey

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