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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th November 1987 31 die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station

18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London

18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)

18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)

Ben Jonson is Still Standing



Ben Jonson is Still Standing

The only person to be buried at Westminster Abbey upright!

Location: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London

Description: Ben Jonson (1573-1637), dramatist and poet, is the only person buried in an upright position in Westminster Abbey.

He fought with the English troops in Flanders and on returning to London he married, but no children survived him. He became an actor and playwright.

In 1598 he killed a fellow actor in a duel but escaped hanging and was imprisoned as a felon for a short time. This incident does not seem to have affected his reputation.

His play Every Man in his Humour included Shakespeare in its cast. Jonson was a well-known writer of masques and a tutor to Sir Walter Raleigh’s son. He became Poet Laureate in 1619 (although it was not a formal appointment).

A monument to Jonson was erected in about 1723 by the Earl of Oxford and is in the eastern aisle of Poets’ Corner.

Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London

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Ben Jonson is Still Standing

The only person to be buried at Westminster Abbey upright!


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