part of the kingdom of Mercia. Occupying
a large part of central England, Mercia stretched from Wales in the
west to the kingdom of the East Angles (East Anglia) in the east and
from the West Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south to Northumbria
in the north.
writer and natural philosopher Margaret
Cavendish died in 1673 at Welbeck Abbey. In 1645 she had
married the Marquis of Newcastle, William Cavendish and later they
became the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle. Often ridiculed for her
writing style and opinions she continued to publish unperturbed and
was rewarded for her perseverance when in 1667 she became the first
woman to be invited to the Royal
Society, an event which would not be repeated for another 300
years. She was buried in Westminster
people buried at Westminster Abbey
Byron was buried at Hucknall Torkard near his ancestral home of
Abbey. He had been refused burial at both Westminster Abbey and
St Paul's Cathedral due to his political beliefs after dying of fever
at Missolonghi in Greece while en route to aid the Greek struggle
for independence against Turkey.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and the music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.
Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-18)
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.
we two parted (1816)
Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth,
The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.
Lawrence was born as David Herbert Lawrence at 8a Victoria Street
in the mining village of Eastwood in 1885.
Be a good animal, true to your instincts.
The White Peacock (1911)
Men! The only animal in the world to fear!
Mountain Lion (1923)
writer Alan Sillitoe - author of Saturday
Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance
Runner - was born in Nottingham in 1928.
I'm me, and nobody else; and whatever people
think I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody
thing about me.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958)