The Duke of Sussex who, scandalised by marriage to… an actress! (not unlike the present day Duke of Sussex)… chose Kensal Green as his final resting place, adding Royal cachet to a burial ground which now guards 250,000 souls
William Makepeace Thackeray, Harold Pinter and Alan Rickman are among hundreds of Victorian Era actors and performers buried at Kensal Green whose lives are profiled in Last Exits, by Henry Vivian-Neal.
Freddie Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green, though the plaque which commemorates him has been removed, and the final location of his urn kept a closely held secret.
Winston Churchill’s child Marigold was buried here, along with Charles Babbage, the mathematician credited with developing the forerunner of the computer, along with engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (voted “second greatest Briton of all time”), and Charles Blondin, the greatest tightrope walker that Niagara Falls has ever known.