"Donald Campbells Grave in Coniston" Lake District National Park Things to Do Tip by eddilowe

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  Memorial Donald Campbell CBE
by eddilowe

Donald Campbell CBE died on 4th January 1967 whilst attempting to break the world speed record over water in his vessel Bluebird. Having recorded a speeed of 297 mph on the first run down Coniston Water that morning, on the return trip back down the lake at around 300mph Bluebird's bow lifted, she somersaulted and then disintegrated, sinking into the lake.

Bluebird was found at the bottom of Coniston Water in 2001 and Campbells remains finally buried later that year in the new parish cemetary at St Andrews Parich Church.

It took some finding as I was originally looking in the wrong place but I found the grave eventually. The photograph, however, shows the memorial plaque rather than the grave itself.

Coniston-net gives a fascinating account of Coniston's association with Bluebird and Donald Campbell.

Also located at St Andrews is Ruskins grave which I forgot to look for in the confusion of trying to find this one.....

Address: St Andrews Parish Church
Directions: Grid Ref 96: SD 303975
Coniston is on on the A593

Website: http://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/coniston.htm

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  • Updated Aug 3, 2005
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