Compelling Plots: New Book Lists 100 GRAVES to See Before You Die



They’ve done it for movies, places, paintings, books and even football grounds…

And now there’s a book of 100 GRAVES to see before you die.

Author Ann Treneman has come up with a list of great British tombstones well worth a day out… what you’d call ‘compelling plots’.

The Sunday People picks the bones out of Ann’s 300-page bucketlist book, which includes the last resting places of everyone from Spike Milligan to Sir Winston Churchill.

She was inspired to write the book on hearing that the grave of Cluedo inventor, Anthony E Pratt, was at risk of being flattened.

Although his game sold millions the legal clerk who created Col Mustard and Miss Scarlet had signed away the rights to Waddingtons.

Poignantly, the firm tried to find him to mark the 150 millionth sale in 1996 but he had died two years earlier and is buried in Bromsgrove, Worcs.

Comic Spike Milligan’s grave at St Thomas’ Church, Winchelsea, East Sussex, bears the nation’s favourite epitaph: “I told you I was ill.”

But because the church objected, the line had to be written in Gaelic: “Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite.”

The grave of Eleanor Rigby at St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool, may not even have inspired the Beatles song – early drafts were called Daisy Hawkins – but fans still visit in droves.

Meanwhile, Richard III’s newly discovered grave under a council car park in Leicester is at the centre of a row over moves to relocate him to York.

Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley’s grave at St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth, is “a dull, dark grey stone but underneath lies the human equivalent of a thunderstorm,” says Ann. The poet Shelley’s wife, Mary was buried with her parents in 1851.

Winston Churchill’s grave, hidden at St Martin’s, in Bladon, Oxon, is tiny for a giant of history but it still gets coachloads of visitors.

Sherlock Homes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who died in 1930, lies at All Saints, Minstead, Hants, but his plot is far from the church because elders did not like his interest in spiritualism.