History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Tomb of Percy Lambert, Brompton Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Redcliffe, London

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 51.483 / 51°28'58"N

Longitude: -0.1892 / 0°11'21"W

OS Eastings: 525836

OS Northings: 177556

OS Grid: TQ258775

Mapcode National: GBR 1Q.QK

Mapcode Global: VHGQY.NZVJ

Entry Name: Tomb of Percy Lambert, Brompton Cemetery

Listing Date: 21 December 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1403350

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

Find accommodation in
Shepherds Bush

Summary

Monument to Percy Lambert, c.1914

Description

MATERIALS: Marble with leaded lettering

A broken column with a bay leaf garland stands atop a three-stage pedestal, whose cubic middle stage is carved with a motor car wheel with broken spokes and air valve. Dedications to Lambert's immediate family are applied to the vertical sides of the cube and plinths. The epitaphs on the plinths to Lambert read, from top to bottom: 'A modest friend, a fine gentleman / and a thorough sportsman; The first man to cover one hundred miles in one hour / killed by accident at Brooklands motor racing track / whilst attempting further records October 31st 1913.'

History

Percy Lambert (1881-1913), son of Charles and Sarah, worked in the motor trade with his brother Harold Charles Lambert. He first raced at Brooklands in Surrey in 1910 and was a popular driver, winning several races. Brooklands was the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, and staged the first official race in 1907. Lambert was the first person to set the record for driving one hundred miles in an hour on 15 February 1913 at Brooklands. A few months later, having promised his fiancée it would be his last attempt, he was killed trying to beat the record after a rear tyre disintegrated; the wheel with the broken spokes on his memorial aptly symbolises the tragedy.

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

* Historic interest: commemorates Percey Lambert who broke speed records in the earliest years of motor racing at Brooklands, the world's first racing circuit, and poignantly recalls the ultimate dangers of the sport
* Design interest: the monument with its broken car wheel clearly refers to Lambert's occupation as well as to the manner of his deat
* Group value: with other listed tombs in the Grade I-registered Brompton Cemetery.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.