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Tomb of Elizabeth Moffat, Brompton Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Redcliffe, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4856 / 51°29'8"N

Longitude: -0.1911 / 0°11'27"W

OS Eastings: 525698

OS Northings: 177850

OS Grid: TQ256778

Mapcode National: GBR 1P.9M

Mapcode Global: VHGQY.MXVH

Entry Name: Tomb of Elizabeth Moffat, Brompton Cemetery

Listing Date: 21 December 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403341

Location: Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW10

County: London

District: Kensington and Chelsea

Electoral Ward/Division: Redcliffe

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Luke, South Kensington

Church of England Diocese: London

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Summary

Chest tomb for Elizabeth Moffat, c.1846.

Description

MATERIALS: White Sicilian marble. York stone ledger slab.

A neo-classical chest tomb with a low pyramidal top. The front has a carving in high relief of a draped mourning woman and engaged columns at the corners with palmette capitals. In front of the tomb is a York stone ledger slab missing its iron railings. The dedication is on one of the side panels and reads: SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ ELIZABETH MOFFAT/ RELICT OF/ WILLIAM MOFFAT ESQ./ LATE OF WIMBLEDON SURREY/ WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE/ SEPTEMBER 26TH 1843/ IN THE 73RD YEAR OF HER AGE/ 'I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH'.

History

Brompton Cemetery was one of the 'magnificent seven' privately-run burial grounds established in the 1830s and 1840s to relieve pressure on London's overcrowded churchyards. It was laid out in 1839-1844 to designs by the architect Benjamin B Baud, who devised a classical landscape of axial drives and vistas with rond-points at the intersections marked by mausolea or ornamental planting, the latter devised by Isaac Finnemore with advice from J C Loudon. The main Ceremonial Way culminates in a dramatic architectural ensemble recalling Bernini's piazza in front of St Peter's in Rome, with flanking colonnades curving outwards to form a Great Circle, closed at its southern end in a domed Anglican chapel (the planned Catholic and Nonconformist chapels were omitted for financial reasons). The cemetery, never a commercial success, was compulsorily purchased by the General Board of Health in the early 1850s, and has remained in state ownership ever since.

Reasons for Listing

* Design interest: a high quality neo-classical chest tomb with a poignant carving;
* Group value: it is located within the Grade I-registered Brompton Cemetery and has group value with other listed tombs and structures nearby.

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