The following list of people buried or commemorated in Westminster Abbey provides links to information about them and their monuments. There is also information on organisations commemorated. The list is NOT COMPLETE at present, but further entries are always being added. Contact the Abbey Library if you have a query about a burial or monument not covered by this list at library@westminster-abbey.org.

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  1. Geoffrey Chaucer

    • Died: 25 October 1400
    • Profession: Scientist; Writer; Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Tomb

    Geoffrey Chaucer is buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. As the author of The Canterbury Tales Chaucer is, next to Shakespeare, perhaps the most famous English poet, and has been called “The Father of English Poetry”.

  2. James Chelsum

    • Died: 3 August 1743
    • Burial: 10 August 1743
    • Profession: Musician
    • Location in the Abbey: Cloisters; West Cloister
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    In the west cloister of Westminster Abbey is a white marble memorial tablet to James Chelsum, Lay Vicar of the Abbey from 1736-42.

  3. Joseph Lemuel Chester

    • Born: 30 April 1821
    • Died: 26 May 1882
    • Profession: Writer; Historian
    • Location in the Abbey: South Quire Aisle
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    The American genealogist Colonel Joseph Lemuel Chester has a memorial in the south choir aisle of Westminster Abbey.

  4. Sir Francis Chichester

    • Born: 17 September 1901
    • Died: 26 August 1972
    • Memorial: 4 October 1972
    • Profession: Sailor
    • Location in the Abbey: Cloisters; South Cloister
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    A memorial to Sir Francis Chichester, Captain James Cook and Sir Francis Drake was unveiled in the south cloister of Westminster Abbey on 4 October 1979.

  5. Thomas Chiffinch

    • Died: 8 April 1666
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Thomas Chiffinch [or Cheffin] was buried on 10 April 1666 in the south transept of Westminster Abbey, near to the monument of Isaac Casaubon.

  6. George W. Childs

    • Location in the Abbey: St George's Chapel
    • Type of Memorial: Window

    George William Childs of Philadelphia USA donated a stained glass window to religious poets George Herbert and William Cowper in St George's chapel in Westminster Abbey.

  7. Chisholm family

    • Profession: Philanthropist
    • Location in the Abbey: Lady Chapel
    • Type of Memorial: Plaque

    The Chisholm family of the USA were generous benefactors to the Westminster Abbey restoration appeal. A plaque with their names is beside the stairs up to the Lady Chapel.

  8. Cholmondeley family

    • Profession: Soldier
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    James Cholmondeley, army officer, is buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey but with no monument. There is a monument to Richard and Robert Cholmondeley.

  9. John Church

    • Burial: 10 January 1741
    • Profession: Musician
    • Location in the Abbey: Cloisters; South Cloister
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    John Church, composer, was buried in the south cloister of Westminster Abbey on 10 January 1741.

  10. John Churchill

    • Location in the Abbey: St Margaret's Church
    • Type of Memorial: Plaque

    In St Margaret's church Westminster is a memorial to master carpenter John Churchill, attributed to sculptor Robert Churchill.

  11. George, John and Arabella Churchill

    • Burial: 12 May 1710
    • Profession: Politician; Soldier; Sailor
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave; Lady Chapel; South Quire Aisle
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Admiral George Churchill was buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey, and his monument in the south choir aisle, is by Grinling Gibbons. His sister Arabella and daughter Henrietta are also buried. His brother John, Duke of Marlborough was

  12. Sir Winston Churchill

    • Born: 30 November 1874
    • Died: 24 January 1965
    • Memorial: 19 September 1965
    • Profession: Artist; Writer; Soldier; Statesman; Historian
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister, is not buried in Westminster Abbey but just inside the west entrance, near the grave of the Unknown Warrior, is a green marble memorial stone. The sculptor was Reynolds Stone.

  13. Susanna Cibber

    • Burial: 6 February 1766
    • Profession: Actor
    • Location in the Abbey: Cloisters; North Cloister
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Susanna Cibber, actress, is buried in the north cloister of Westminster Abbey. She seems never to have had an inscribed gravestone and there is no memorial to her.

  14. Richard of Cirencester

    • Profession: Priest; Historian

    Richard of Cirencester was a monk and historian of Westminster Abbey. His place of burial in the church is unknown.

  15. Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour 1939 - 1945

    • Memorial: 21 February 1956
    • Location in the Abbey: Nave

    Near the west door of Westminster Abbey are displayed seven volumes recording names of those civilians who died from enemy action during World War II.

  16. John Clare

    • Born: 13 July 1793
    • Died: 20 May 1864
    • Memorial: 13 June 1989
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    On 13 June 1989 Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, unveiled a memorial to nature poet John Clare in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. The tablet was designed by Donald Buttress.

  17. Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester

    • Died: 15 July 1262
    • Location in the Abbey: North Quire Aisle
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a carved shield with the coat of arms of Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester - "or, three chevrons gules".

  18. Alured Clarke

    • Profession: Writer; Priest
    • Location in the Abbey: North Transept

    The Revd.Alured Clarke was buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey but there is nothing to mark his grave.

  19. Arthur Clarke

    • Location in the Abbey: South Quire Aisle
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    To the Glory of God this organ case in the south aisle is erected in loving memory of Arthur D.Clarke, donor of the "celestial organ" in the triforium of the Abbey, by his sister in law F.A.Beare 1898

  20. Thomas Clarkson

    • Born: 28 March 1760
    • Died: 26 September 1846
    • Memorial: 26 September 1996
    • Profession: Abolitionist
    • Location in the Abbey: North Quire Aisle
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    Thomas Clarkson, born at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,has a memorial stone in the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey. Stone cut by the Kindersley workshop. Click on the blue name to expand this entry.

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