April 8, 2009

English Cemetery Lisbon

The English Cemetery (Cemiterio dos Ingleses) in the Estrela district of Lisbon is just outside the Jardim Estrela, which is across the street from the Basilica da Estrela in western Lisbon.

The peaceful grounds of the cemetery, which was founded in 1717, include the tomb of the English novelist and magistrate, Henry Fielding.

Henry Fielding's grave

Fielding, already suffering from numerous ailments, traveled to Lisbon in 1754 in search of a cure. The author recounted his sea voyage in the book The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

Fielding's grave is signposted upon entry. The grounds also include the remains of Lisbon's ancient Jewish cemetery and the Victorian St. George Church, which holds Anglican services in English every Sunday.

Access

Take buses #9, #20, #27 or #38 to the gate of the cemetery.

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2 comments:

Pam said...

I believe my grandfather - William Palmer was buried in Lisbon after he died on board ship. He was working as a Ship's steward on the Red Star Passenger Liners. I have no idea of date - but likely 30s or 40s. Any help how I can go about finding where he is buried will be very much appreciated.

jean said...

My Great Grandfather Andrew Rankine who was a Manager of a Red Turkey Dye Works in Glasgow came to Lisbon Portugal and died there in about 1890 from TB. His youngest daughter also died in Lisbon soon afterwards. I would dearly love to know where they are buried. Can anyone help ?