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1930: Memorial for celebrated author

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 08 April 1930

Admirers of Henry Kingsley, the well known novelist, will be gratified to learn that steps are being taken to provide a permanent memorial over his grave in Cuckfield Cemetery. For many years a small wooden cross over his resting place has been falling into decay, and to-day the inscription is almost illegible.

A visit was paid to Cuckfield recently by Mr. Michael Sadler, Mr. Bruce Richmond and Mr. G. Forrester Scott, and these gentlemen inspected the grave and also interviewed several of the older residents who were acquainted with Kingsley when he resided at Attrees, in the High Street.

As result a small Committee, including Sir Herbert Warren, Sir Quiller-Couch, Mr. George Gordon and Mr. Richmond, has been formed to take the necessary steps for the provision of an appropriate memorial.

Although nothing definite has been settled, it may be taken for granted that the erection of a permanent stone memorial over Kingsley’s grave will not be long delayed. Further, it has been suggested that a tablet should be placed on the house where the great writer spent the last years of his life.

The Henry Kingsley Obelisk erected in 1930 (photograph c2020)

It is understood that the matter will be brought to the notice of lovers of Henry Kingsley’s works through “The Times” Literary Supplement, and that an appeal for funds will be issued, to which old Cuckfield friends of Henry Kingsley will be given an opportunity to subscribe.


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