Charles Lamb is buried in All Saints' Churchyard, Edmonton, Greater
Gravestone of Charles Lamb
Photograph by David Conway
His tombstone is in a paved enclosure to the south-west of the church. There is a
memorial tablet inside the church inscribed with the following words by Wordsworth:
the centre of his being lodged
A soul by resignation sanctified.
O, he was good, if e'er a good man lived.
died on the 27 December 1834 in Edmonton after complications to a wound he suffered
as a result of a fall on his way to the Bell Tavern at Edmonton. (This is
the same tavern that features in Cowper's poem John Gilpin.)
He died just a few months after his lifelong friend
Taylor Coleridge. The pair had met as schoolboys at Christ's Hospital, London.
He was also acquainted with Wordsworth,
Southey and Hunt.
Lamb worked as a clerk at the East India Company from 1792 until his
retirement in 1825.