Christopher Howse has written a hilariously cranky, quintessentially British indictment of “Poet’s Corner” in Westminster Abbey. There, the humble great lie forever next to the mediocre, many of whom had crass, fame-seeking survivors. Although in truth, they don’t even all lie there as some of the slabs are just memorials to people buried in whole or in part elsewhere.
And while I am on the subject, do you know who is not buried in Westminster Abbey? Lawrence of Arabia. David Lean’s magnificent movie about Lawrence opens at a majestic funeral service after which people debate whether Lawrence really deserved “a place in here”. This must account for why every year tourists come to the Westminster Abbey to see his grave.
Unfortunately for said tourists, the film is portraying St. Paul’s rather than Westminster Abbey, and even there one finds only a bust of the man. His body lies in Dorset.