Brompton, London, 5 July 2019

Commemoration of Borrow’s Birthday at Brompton, 2019

George Henry Borrow was born at East Dereham on 5th July 1803, lived a fascinating life, wrote books which have given pleasure to tens of thousands, and inspired many with the love of the outdoor life and the Romany people.  Those interested in him are known as Borrovians and for a number of decades a few have gathered on his birthday at his grave in Brompton Cemetery, to lay a wreath in honour and appreciation of his life and works.

George Borrow’s grave (the white one), May 2019, with
grass!

The George Borrow Society will again lay a wreath on Borrow’s grave in 2019.  Since the photograph was taken the Friends of Brompton Cemetery have very kindly cut the grass for us, so the grave can be clearly seen.  As not everyone knows where the grave is, we’ll meet by the new cafe at the north end (Lillie Road) entrance to the cemetery at 1 p.m. on 5th July 2019: the nearest tube/railway station is West Brompton, about two minutes away (turn right when you come out of the station), and regular buses stop outside.

This will be an informal gathering and everyone, including non-members, are welcome to join us.  After the wreath laying, we’ll retire to the newly opened Brompton Cemetery cafe and enjoy a chat over tea.  Nothing formal is planned but Borrow’s home of 14 years in Hereford Square, Brompton is near by, as is St. Marys, Brompton, a beautiful church which the Borrows probably attended.