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TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th July 1993 S van Ruysdael's Winter Landscape sold for £705,500 in London

16th July 1985 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent

16th July 1939 Born today: Corin Redgrave, London, actor (Excalibur, Man For All Seasons)

16th July 1924 Conference over German recovery payments begins in London

16th July 1877 Spencer Gore wins the first ever Wimbledon tennis tournament - after 3 days rain delay.go to related location

16th July 1377 The Coronation of Richard II in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

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

Themes: PoetryPoetry Theme  ChurchChurch Theme
Ranking This Month: 1919/2776
Pages Hit This Month: 29
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Credits: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

Ben Jonson is Still Standing

The only person to be buried at Westminster Abbey upright!


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