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Tomb of Andrew Ducrow, Kensington and Chelsea

Description: Tomb of Andrew Ducrow

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 November 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 203836

OS Grid Reference: TQ2335882552
OS Grid Coordinates: 523358, 182552
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5284, -0.2231

Location: A404, Brent, Greater London W10 4RA

Locality: Kensington and Chelsea
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: W10 4RA

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Listing Text

249/80/53 HARROW ROAD W10


Mausoleum of Andrew Ducrow, (died 1842): erected 1837 to Ducrow's wife and much embellished later for his own interment. Designed by George Danson and built by John Cusworth, mason. Rendered brick with Carrara marble and artificial stone enrichments within cast iron railings. Single cell with Egyptian reeded columns with lotus capitals at angles, supporting a cavetto cornice; doorcase (blocked) on north-east face surmounted by winged orb and eared pediment, and flanked by angle-set plinths supporting sphinxes. Battered sides sport reliefs of angels holding wreaths over marble inscription panels (broken on north-west face). Upper section consists of an urn decorated with horses' heads and garlands on a tapering pedestal, standing on a lower stage with reliefs of Pegasus; marble relief set into pediment on north-east end of a mourning woman with comic and tragic masks and inverted torch with Pegasus amid clouds; pediments along sides contain bee-hives. Free-standing broken column with wide-brimmed hat and gauntlets to north-west; garland-hung broken column to south-east. Cast-iron railings with motifs of wreaths, swags and inverted torches. History: Ducrow was an equestrian, a circus performer and proprietor of Astley's Ampitheatre. The mausoleum was erected for his wife at a cost of £3,000 and embellished subsequently for his own interment: the inscription describes it as ERECTED BY GENIUS FOR THE RECEPTION OF ITS OWN REMAINS. Among the outstanding funerary monuments of Victorian England.
Survey of London Vol XXXVII P 339 and plate 31a.

Listing NGR: TQ2337982552

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Source: English Heritage

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