John Ruskin was born on 8th February 1819 in London.
He was an English poet, writer, art critic, painter, social thinker, philanthropist and an influencer of the Victorian era. Ruskin had an interest for landscapes, watercolour painting and architecture, this is what led him to travel a lot.
Ruskin also wrote travel guides, having visited places such as France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. However, one of the places he loved most was the Lake District, Cumbria.
Family trips started in Keswick in 1824, four years later the family visited Windermere, Hawkshead and Coniston.
Ruskin was an avid conservationist and whilst at Oxford university he is said to have met Hardwicke Rawnsley. Ruskin introduced Rawnsley to Octavia Hill; the two founders of the National Trust and Ruskin is credited to have been an influence for that.
Ruskin returned to the Lake District including Keswick several more times and in 1871 he bought Brantwood near Coniston. His house was to receive visitors such as Charles Darwin.
Ruskin died on 20th January 1900 from the flu at his home and is buried in the churchyard here.
Ruskin’s grave is situated near the back and his grave is marked with a large green carved slate cross.
Some more gravestones from this quaint and pretty churchyard.
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