St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church Mortlake
|St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church Mortlake|
|Diocese||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark|
|Priest(s)||Father Richard Whinder|
The church's first parish priest, Fr John Wenham, was an Anglican convert from the Oxford Movement and had studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, which may explain why Mary Magdalen was chosen as the patron saint of the new church.
Sir Richard and Lady Burton
The cemetery includes a Grade II* listed mausoleum, in the form of a life-size stone tent, made of Carrara marble and Forest of Dean stone. It contains the tombs of the Victorian explorer and translator of The Arabian Nights, Sir Richard Burton, who died in 1890, and his wife, Isabel, Lady Burton, who designed it. The coffins of Sir Richard and Lady Burton can be seen through a glass panel at the rear of the tent, which can be accessed via a short fixed ladder. The mausoleum was restored in 1975 and, with the support of the Friends of Burton and the Environment Trust, in 2012/13.
Sir James Marshall
19th-century colonial judge Sir James Marshall (1829–1889) who helped the spread of Roman Catholicism in Ghana and Nigeria, is buried in the churchyard cemetery. His wife Alice died in 1926 and is also buried in the churchyard. There is a plaque inside the church in their memory. It was unveiled on 11 August 1999, 100 years after his death.
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- St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church Mortlake website
- The Burton Tomb
- Annabel Barber, Editor of Blue Guides (8 July 2014): Sir Richard Burton’s Mausoleum