MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON MEMORIAL
ST. MATTHIAS, RICHMOND PARISH CHURCH
By
Jennifer Carnell

The photographs below were taken by Jennifer Carnell in 1996.
The memorial is in the same church where Braddon's funeral was held.

Sculpted in bronze by John E. Hyett, R.B.S., A.R.C.A., and unveiled by two of Braddon's grandchildren on her birthday on 4 October 1915, the inscription reads:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MISS BRADDON
(MARY ELIZABETH MAXWELL),
A WRITER OF RARE AND REFINED SCHOLARSHIP,
WHO GAVE PROFITABLE AND PLEASURABLE
LITERATURE TO COUNTLESS READERS IN HER
LIBRARY OF THREE SCORE & TEN WORKS OF FICTION.
BORN OCTOBER 4TH, 1837 DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY 4TH, 1915.
"THE LORD PRESERVETH THE SOULS OF HIS SAINTS."

A memorial service was held before the unveiling, conducted by Braddon's friend Champion McGill. As well as Braddon's family, General Alfred Turner and his wife, Braddon's close friend, Juliette, was there, the novelists Mrs. Humphrey Ward and Winifred Graham, and Professor George Boulger.

The memorial is close to the memorial to the actor Edmund Kean. Kean was the subject of Braddon's novel The Green Curtain.

The exterior of the church.


Bibliography and Recommended Reading:
Jennifer Carnell, The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Sensation Press, 2000).

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