Place: St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, Mortlake, London.
Date: February 2, 2014.
Camera: Sony DSC-HX20V.
The internet is wonderful. This morning, in a bid to find an interesting walk we could go on, I Googled "West London walks" and then after clicking through a million different links I found a black and white map sketching out a circular route through nearby Mortlake. On the map was a tiny cross marked "Burton's tomb". What's that, I wondered?
More Googling and I discovered that Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), the explorer, was buried in the graveyard of the Catholic church at Mortlake in a tomb designed to look like an Arabian tent. An hour later, we had both strapped on our walking shoes and were trudging the three miles to Mortlake to take a proper look.
The tomb, which features both Christian and Islamic elements, is in beautiful condition. I suspect it has been "restored" quite recently, because the pictures on the Sir Richard Francis Burton Project website, which were taken in 2008, show the tomb looking grey with age and lacking the gold crescent-and-star motifs along the roof's edge.
You can read more about the tomb on the St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church website.