You might remember the name from an English class: Samuel Taylor Coleridge. For years, nobody was sure of the exact location of the remains of this poet who is often cited as one of the founding members of the Romantic movement in England. Wonder no more. Just last week, Coleridge’s coffin was found in what was formerly a wine cellar in north London.
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St. Michael’s Church stands on the property of what was once a mansion. The mansion’s wine cellar was eventually converted into a crypt. Coleridge was initially buried in the chapel of Highgate school nearby, but after the vault fell into disrepair, the coffin was moved to this crypt.
A stone engraved with his epitaph marks his resting place, but for some reason, the exact location of the grave was forgotten until parishioner Drew Clode and church warden Adam West peered through an air vent located in the wall below the commemorative stone. It was through this gap that they were able to spot Coleridge’s lead coffin as well as four other coffins belonging to his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
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Although some people might joke that being buried in a wine cellar is befitting of the poet who spent much of his life battling depression through a combination of alcohol and opium, Coleridge’s descendants are supporting plans to renovate the crypt. The church is hosting a “Coleridge Day” on June 2nd to raise money for this refurbishment. You can learn more about the event here.
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