At first I couldn’t work out why Valentine Prinsep’s grave was located in such close proximity to Frederick Leyland’s Brompton memorial. What on earth could a bohemian painter nicknamed ‘Buzz’ have in common with a Liverpool shipping magnate?
Maria Rossetti and Chelsea FC An Unlikely Connection
In searching for Maria Rossetti’s grave I learned two important lessons:
1. The Friends of Brompton Cemetery are amazingly helpful and deserve an award of some kind. But until that day comes, you can help support their work HERE.
2. When a grave of historical importance and great personal meaning is near a football ground, one should consider leaving one’s husband at home.
When I decided to make the treck to Brompton Cemetery to visit the grave of Maria Rossetti, I knew my husband (henceforth ‘the chap’) would be particularly useful. The Friends of Brompton Cemetery had kindly provided me with a map and a photograph of the Maria’s grave, but I knew from bitter experience that my navigational skills might lead me astray. Frankly, if the Friends of Brompton Cemetery had painted a line of yellow footprints from the Cemetery entrance to Maria Rossetti’s grave, I’d probably have taken a wrong turn and ended up blinking in confusion under the traffic lights on the Fulham Road.