Lane, Sarah

BORN 1822, London - DIED 19 Aug 1899, London
REAL NAME Borrow, Sarah
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (075/PS (4112))

Sarah Lane was the daughter of William Borrow (1799-1872), who held a managerial position at the New Brittania Theatre in Hoxton, London. When she was was seventeen she had started singing and dancing under the name of Miss Sarah Wilton. In 1843 the theatre's manager Samuel Haycroft Lane (1803-1871) married her and thus she became Sarah Lane.

She managed the theatre together with her husband and after he died in 1871 she took sole responsibility until her own death in 1899. Her last stage appearance took place during the Christmas show in 1898 and she was 76 years old at the time.

When she died she left a fortune of 250,000 pounds. Her funeral procession from the theatre to Kensal Green was attended by large crowds.


The grave of Sarah Lane at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (10 Aug 1997)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Britannia Theatre - Wikipedia

Lang, Lotte

Published: 16 Nov 2008
Last update: 21 Jun 2015