Sir John Betjeman is buried at St. Enodoc Church, Trebetherick, North Cornwall,
Gravestone of John Betjeman
His grave is located near the south side of the church. The church itself is approached
via the 10th fairway of the golf course.
Betjeman died in Trebetherick on 19 May, 1984. He had a lifelong love of Cornwall and in particular
There are many beautiful evocations of the Cornish
landscape to be found in his poetry such as: Cornish Cliffs, By the Ninth Green, St
Enodoc, Tregardock and Old Friends.
At a time when many others poets were
experimenting with free verse - Betjeman stuck firmly to traditional verse
forms and rhyme schemes. However, the subject matter of his poetry was modern and
accessible and it proved popular with the general reading public.
His witty tone often
led to him being dismissed by the critics as 'light-weight' - but beneath the
surface his poems are often profoundly serious. The chilling poem Loneliness
from his 1974 collection A Nip in the Air shows Betjeman's deep fear of death.