16 July 2012

Writers in Churches in Nottinghamshire #4: Erasmus Darwin in Elston

The silhouette of Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802), Charles Darwin's grandfather, looms over the other features in this village sign, and certainly he is the village's most famous person.

But it was not until 2002, two hundred years after Darwin's death, that a plaque and bust were unveiled in All Saints church, Elston.

Born and lived at Elston Hall
Fellow of the Royal Society
Eminent medical Doctor
Scientific Genius
Originator of the Biological Theory of Evolution
Leading poet with the gift of friendship

Died at Breadsall Priory
near Derby'

The bust can't be seen from this view of the nave looking east, but it's on the north wall of the chancel.

All Saints church. Darwin spent 25 years of his life in Lichfield, where there is a museum in his house. A link is below.

(I visited this church because of the Diocese of Southwell Nottingham's Open Churches Weekends (Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 July and 21 and 22 July 2012). Details of participating churches and opening times are listed here.)

Erasmus Darwin in Lichfield, Staffordshire

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