Eleanor Farjeon

Born: 1881 | Died: 1965 | Grave: H 104 | Category: Literature | Tags: Cat Stevens, Children’s Books, Edward Thomas, Songs, Theatre, Writer

Author and poet, writer of children’s books and, with her brother Herbert, of musical plays and revues. Her poetry included Morning has broken, now a popular hymn. She won many literary awards.  Eleanor began her life in the Victorian Age and ended it in the fast-changing age of the 1960s. Educated at home, she spent much…

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Arthur Llewellyn Davies

Born: 1863 | Died: 1907 | Grave: J 002 | Categories: Arts, Law | Tags: Children’s Books, Du Maurier family, Great Ormond Street Hospital, J M Barrie, Kensington Gardens, Peter Pan, Theatre

Barrister. Married Sylvia (1866-1910), second daughter of George du Maurier. Their 3 eldest sons met J M Barrie in Hyde Park in 1897, and inspired his Peter Pan (1903). When their parents died tragically young, Barrie became the guardian of all 5 boys. Their story has been told in a biography and dramatised for television…

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Mary (nee Shepard), Knox

Born: 1909 | Died: 2000 | Grave: Q 091 | Category: Arts | Tags: A A Milne, Children’s Books, Cinema, E H Shepard, Edmund Knox, Illustrator, Mary Poppins, P L Travers, Penelope Fitzgerald

Mary Shepard was the daughter of E H Shepard, the illustrator of the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ books and ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Mary was also an artist and, as the result of a chance encounter with Pamela Travers, the author of ‘Mary Poppins’, she became the illustrator of the ‘Mary Poppins’ books.   Personal…

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Leonard Leslie Brooke

Born: 1862 | Died: 1940 | Grave: O 077 | Category: Arts | Tags: Beatrix Potter, Children’s Books, Fairy tales, Henry Brooke, Illustrator, Johnny Crow, Nursery rhymes

Artist and illustrator. Created the popular Johnny Crow books for children and illustrated many nursery rhyme books. He married Sybil (1890-1957), daughter of Stopford Brooke. Their son Henry was MP for Hampstead and Home Secretary, and they moved to 28 Hollycroft Avenue in 1934 to be near him. An exhibition ‘Leslie Brooke and Johny Crow’was held…

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