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22 April, 2006

John Ruskin's grave

After my short walk to the lakeshore, I wasn't ready to go back to the house, so went into the village.  Passing St Andrew's Church, I visited the grave of John Ruskin, the Victorian critic, author and artist.  Though certainly of sufficient eminence to have been buried in Westminster Abbey, he chose to be buried in the churchyard at Coniston, a short distance from Brantwood, his adopted home.

From the road, I'd mistaken a bulky Victorian Gothic monument in the middle of the cemetery as Ruskin's, but the paved path to the cemetery's most famous resident led me to a relatively quiet corner at the very edge of the churchyard. Though richly-carved, the Celtic cross of Ruskin's gravestone is far less overbearing and more tasteful than the one I'd initially seen.

Needless to say, I took a few photographs.

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