The Mausoleum of Sir Richard and Lady Burton (pictured above) is a Grade II listed tent-shaped mausoleum of Carrara marble and Forest of Dean stone in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church Mortlake located in London.
Sir Richard Burton, who died in 1890, was an explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Burton’s best-known achievements include a well-documented journey to Mecca in disguise, at a time when Europeans were forbidden access on pain of death; and a journey with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile.
Do you love learning about famous explorers throughout history? Watch our mini series The Lost World of Joseph Banks.
Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, also known as Brexit, and Donald Trump’s victory in the USA and his insistence on building another wall between the United States and Mexico, erecting barriers and borders to curtail free movement is certainly headline news.
But the world has a long history of erecting barriers and walls, rulers and governments have often tried to control
people’s freedom of movement. From the Berlin Wall to the Khyber Pass, join our hosts as they visit some of worlds most historic borders and walls.
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Osterly House, interior, from Building England Part II
To whet your appetite, we have an exclusive clip from Part II in which Judith tours the grandiose Osterly Park. Located on the western outskirts of London – it’s a Tudor manor house magically transformed by the architectural star of the day, the Scotsman Robert Adam, in 1761, and designed specifically for the function of the 18th century: grand entertainment.
Artistic Traveller – Osterly House from Pilot Productions on Vimeo.