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  Poets corner - Westminster Abbey
by sourbugger

It is quite surprising that few people realise that London is in fact two cities - because it has two Anglican Cathedrals.

The City of London has St Pauls, but Westminster Abbey is the centrepiece to the City of Westminster.

The Abbey itself (with the exception of the Marriage of Charles & Diana which was at St Paul's) is at the heart of the nation's life with nearly all Coronations, Royal funerals and weddings taking place here.

The place is high on many tourist agendas, but if you are a bit jaded by seeing cathedrals then at least consider taking a look at the Abbey's USP (unique selling point) : Poet's corner.

Not all on the list (e.g Shakespere) are buried or have their remains here, whilst some (because of the lively exploits) only gained a place recently : Such as Byron.

I've included the full list below, and as you can see it includes many of the 'greats' of English Literature, plus many that philistines like me have never heard of !

Adam Addison Anstey Argyll Arnold Atkyns Auden Austen
Barrow Barton Benson Birch Black Booth Brontes Browning Burns
Busby Butler Byron Caedmon Camden
Campbell Carroll Cary Casaubon Caxton
Chambers Chaucer Chiffinch Coleridge
Cowley Coxe Cumberland D'Avengant
D. Thomas Dickens Drayton Dryden Fox
Eliot G Garrick Goldsmith Gordon Grabe
Gray Grote Hales Handel Hardy Hauley
Heather Hokins Hope Horneck James
Johnson Jonson Keats Keble Kipling
Lawrence Lind-Goldschmidt Litlyngton
Longfellow Macaulay Mackenzie
Macpherson Masefield Mason Milton
Murray Osbaldeston Outram Parr Philips
Pringle Prior Reith Roberts Robinson Ruskin
Saint-Evremond Scott Shadwell Shakespeare
Sharp Shelly Sheridan Simpson South
Southey Spenser Spottiswoode T.S. Eliot
Tait Taylor Tennyson Thackeray Thirwall
Thomson Triplet Tudor Vincent Wetenhall
Wordsworth Wyatt

Address: Deans Yard, SW1
Directions: St James's Park tube
Phone: 0 20 7654 4900
Website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/home

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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