The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

Molesworth Mausoleum

A Cornish granite mausoleum in “a severe stripped Classical style”. The paved forecourt with steps leading down to the entrance are an important element of the design.

Architect

Not known

Listing

Grade II (England and Wales)

Year Built

1869

Style

Neo-Classical

History

Sir William Molesworth (1818-1855) stood as a Radical and was the MP for Leeds in 1837 and Southwark in 1845. He started The London Review, edited the Works of Thomas Hobbes and, as the first Commissioner of the Board of Works, was responsible for opening Kew Gardens to the public on Sundays. As a young man, he was expelled from Cambridge after quarrelling with his tutor, with whom he later fought a dual in Munich. He married an actress and singer, Andalusia Grant Molesworth (1802-1888) who became, after his death, a noted Society hostess. Her country house at Pencarrow in Cornwall was visited by many of the leading figures of the day including the Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Sullivan, who wrote Iolanthe while he was staying there. The Prince of Wales (Edward VII) was in the habit of addressing her as ‘Lady Moley’. It was she who built the mausoleum.

Condition

Good (2002).

Sources

Dictionary of National Biography;

Alison Adburgham, A Radical Aristocrat: The Rt Hon Sir William Molesworth Bart PC MP of Pencarrow and his wife Andalusia (1990).

Links

Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery website

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Location

Kensal Green Cemetery (Plot No 56),
Harrow Road,
London

W10 4RA


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