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.
Penn the Quaker
and founder of the state of Pennsylvania, was buried in 1718 at the
Quaker village of Jordans near Chalfont St Giles.
The politician Edmund
Burke was buried in Beaconsfield in 1797.
When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall, one by one an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770)
Born as William Grenville in 1759 at Wotton
House in Wotton Underwood, Lord
Prime Minister from 1806-07. His short-lived administration passed
legislation to abolish the slave trade. Grenville died in 1834 in
Dropmore Lodge at Burnham and is buried in the village.
His father George
was Prime Minister from 1753-65 and in 1770 was buried at Wotton Church,
the burial place of the Grenville family, whose ancestral home was
nearby at Wotton House.
of Shelburne, Prime Minister in 1782-83, was buried at All Saints
in High Wycombe in 1805, near to the family estate.
Bentinck, the Duke
of Portland became Prime Minister twice in 1783 and 1807-09. He
died in 1809, a few months after resigning, at Bulstrode House near
The twice Prime Minister in 1868 and 1874-80 Benjamin
Disraeli, lived at Hughenden
Manor from 1848 until
his death in 1881. He is buried in the church of St
Michael and All Angels in the manor grounds.
Man is only truly great when he acts from
Justice is truth in action.
(Speech at the House of Commons, 1851)
Twice Prime Minister from 1846-51 and 1865-66, Earl
Russell was buried at St Michael's
in the village of Chenies in 1878. The parish church lies adjacent
to Chenies Manor House, the Russell family seat.
Milton finished Paradise Lost
at his cottage
in Chalfont St Giles, where he had moved to in 1665 due to the
outbreak of the Plague in London. He died in the village in 1674 and
is buried in London.
of American Poets: John Milton
By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.
Paradise Regained (1671)
suspense writer Edgar Wallace was buried
in Little Marlow in 1932. He had died in Hollywood, California whilst
working on the screenplay to King Kong.