image for Guided Tour item typeOpenHouse Sir Richard Burtons Mausoleum at St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church

Guided Tour, Sun 23 Sep 2018, free entry


Environment Trust for Richmond


61 Worple Way,
SW14 8PR

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Join us for open house weekend on Sunday 23rd September from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. for a chance to view the mausoleum and learn about the intriguing life of 19th Century Explorer Sir Richard Burton.

On the death of the famous explorer, translator and writer Sir Richard Burton in 1890, funds were so limited that his wife Lady Isabel Burton was forced to request donations in order that she could give him the resting place he had always wanted, above ground, in an Arab tent. In return, she pledged a number of items to the nation. These found a permanent home at Orleans House Gallery and Richmond Local Studies Collection, when they were transferred from Camberwell Public Library in 1969.

The stone mausoleum is carved in the form of a Bedouin tent decorated with both Christian and Islamic symbols. In it lie Sir Richard Burton and his wife, Isabel, together with a collection of their possessions. It is not possible to enter the mausoleum. This interior can be viewed from a window accessible from a short ladder.

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Dates Times
Sun 23 Sep 2018 13:00 to 17:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 207757  Lat: 51.46792 Long: -0.26258