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12 February 2014

See Sir John Soane's Tomb

It won't be a surprise to most who are aware of his work that Sir John Soane, the celebrated architect of the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and creator of the collection that has become the Sir John Soane Museum, came to design his own tomb, which is Grade I listed and sits within the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church, one of the oldest places of Christian worship in London, between King's Cross and Camden. However, it was actually built before his death for his wife, and completed in 1816, more than 20 years before his death.

After Elizabeth Soane died in 1815 she was buried in the churchyard, with Soane describing it as 'The burial of all that is dear to me in this world, and all I wished to live for!'. The tomb was designed to sit above the vault in which Elizabeth was interred, and it was constructed in Carrara marble and Portland Stone. We are told that the Tomb's design was a direct influence on Giles Gilbert Scott's telephone box design, and is one of only two Grade I listed monuments in London, the other being Karl Marx's tomb in Highgate.

For more, see http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/soane-s-tomb

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