Anthony Trollope - Westminster Abbey, London, UK
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Quick Description: This memorial, for the novelist Anthony Trollope, is set into the floor of Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Trollope was born in 1815 and died in 1882. He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/18/2020 10:41:54 AM
Waymark Code: WM13HFH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:

The inscription in the marble slab reads:

Novelist & Public Servant
Pioneer of the Postal Services
The creator of Barsetshire

Now I stretch out my hand
and from the further shore I bid
adieu to all who have cared
to read any among the many
words that I have written

The Westminster Abbey website has an article about Anthony Trollope that tells us:

A memorial stone to Anthony Trollope, novelist, was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey by Prime Minister John Major on 25th March 1993. The slate stone was lettered by Sarah More and is below the memorial to Edward Lear. The quotation is from the last line of Trollope's autobiography.

Anthony was born on 24th April 1815 in London, a son of Thomas Trollope, a barrister, and his wife Frances (Milton). He was educated at Harrow School and Winchester College and became a clerk in the Post Office. Later he moved to Ireland and married Rose Heseltine. Their sons were Henry and Frederick. While on an assignment in the Channel Islands he introduced roadside letter boxes (pillar boxes) and the idea spread through the whole of Britain. His first successful novel was The Warden and its sequel Barchester Towers is well known. He followed these with more novels set in the fictional county of Barsetshire. He died on 6th December 1882 after a stroke and was buried at Kensal Green cemetery in London.


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).

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