The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 5 Westminster Abbey

North Transept

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We begin at the entrance in the North Transept, where several eminent statesmen are interred. On the left (East): by the first column, George Canning (1770-1827), the statesman, by Chantrey, and his son Earl Canning (1812-62), Viceroy of India, by Foley; in the pavement in front are the graves of C. J. Fox and Henry Grattan (1746-1820), the Irish patriot and orator. The next large monument on the left commemorates the Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676), a devoted adherent of Charles I. By the following pillars are statues of three great modern statesmen: Benjamin Disraeli, Karl of Beaconsfield (1804-81; grave), by Boehm; William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), by Brock; and Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850; not buried here), by Gibson. Between Disraeli and Gladstone is a good monument by Roubiliac to Admiral Sir Peter Warren (died 1752). On the opposite side of the transept, as we return, are statues of Lord Mansfield (1705-93), Lord Chief Justice, by Flaxman; Lord Castlereagh (1769-1821), a minister as unpopular in England as in Ireland, by Thomas; and Lord Palmersion (1784-1865), by Jackson; and a large monument with allegorical figures by Bacon to William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708-78). In the west aisle of the north Transept: on the right, Elizabeth Warren (died 1816), by Westmacott, a monument referring to her benevolent life. The next large monument is that of Sir Eyre Coote (1726-83), British general in India, by Banks. In the next bay are a monument to Jonas Hanway (1712-86), the philanthropist, by Moore, and busts of Warren Hastings (1732-1818; not buried here), Governor General of India, by Bacon, and of Richard Cobden (1804-65; not buried here), the apostle of free trade, by Woolner. The door at the end of this aisle is supposed by some authorities to have been reserved for the pilgrims to the shrine of St. Edward. The window beside it, with scenes from the 'Pilgrim's Progress,' was inserted in 1911 in memory of John Bunyan (1628-88).