Monday, 21 March 2016

William Sterndale Bennett - A Sheffielder in Westminster Abbey

Adjacent to the article on the Roman Catholic Chapel in Sheffield's City Road Cemetery in the Sheffield Telegraph (17th March 2016) was one on William Sterndale Bennett.

His life and works are summarised in the article as is his musical legacy. But what is not mentioned in the article is the fact that he is the only person who was born in Sheffield who is buried in Westminster Abbey. In fact I am pretty sure that he is the only person with a "Sheffield connection" who is buried there.

I also did not know that he was honoured in Sheffield with a plaque on the wall of the Sheffield Novotel! I am not sure if that was a good idea

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