Woodward, Bernard Bolingbroke

BORN 2 May 1816, Norwich, Norfolk - DIED 12 Oct 1869, London: Royal Mews, Pimlico
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (002/7 (8860))

Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward was a son of the geologist Samuel Woordward (1790-1838). He was educated at the private school Grey Friars Priory. After that he worked for his father and studied botany. In 1834 he became a tutor in East Dereham and in 1835 he went to work for a bank in Great Yarmouth. In 1838 he became a student at Highbury College, a college set up by English dissenters. By 1843 he became the a pastor of the independent church of Wortwell-with-Harleston in Norfolk.

He dedicated himself to literary work and befriended the printer John Childs. In 1848 he withdrew from his pastorate and moved to St John's wood to concentrate on literature. In 1853 he moved to Bungay to live nearer to Childs but in 1858 he returned to Hampstead, London. In 1857 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In 1860 he became librarian in ordinary to Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle where he rearranged the collection of old drawings. He died in 1869 and was succeeded as librarian by Richard Rivington Holmes.


The grave of Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (02 Aug 2019)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward - Wikipedia

Woolgar, Sarah

Published: 05 Jan 2022
Last update: 05 Jan 2022