People Buried at Westminster Abbey

Honouring individuals with burials and memorials in Westminster Abbey has a long tradition. Name these people who were buried there.
By no means a comprehensive list
Quiz by interopia
Last updated: April 23, 2021
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First submittedDecember 11, 2018
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Last king of the House of Wessex
Edward the Confessor
Won the battle of Agincourt
Henry V
Catholic daughter of Henry VIII
Mary I
Protestant daughter of Henry VIII
Elizabeth I
Commissioned a Bible
James I
The inscription on his tomb reads "O Rare, ___ ______"
Ben Jonson
Explained how gravity works
Isaac Newton
Presumably, Stanley found him in Africa
David Livingstone
Theory of Natural Selection
Charles Darwin
Father of nuclear physics
Ernest Rutherford
Prime Minister who appeased Hitler
Neville Chamberlain
Black hole theorist
Stephen Hawking
1760s Prime Minister whose son also ascended to the office
William Pitt
Poet's Corner
"The Canterbury Tales"
Geoffrey Chaucer
"A Tale of Two Cities"
Charles Dickens
"The Jungle Book"
Rudyard Kipling
"Messiah" composer
George Frideric Handel
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
Thomas Hardy
"The Charge of the Light Brigade"
Alfred Tennyson
Shakesperean actor
Laurence Olivier
Level 85
Jun 9, 2022
Level 69
Apr 23, 2021
Awesome Quiz!! Also an interesting fact... alone of Henry VIII's wives only Anne of Cleves is buried within Westminster... near the alter. 🌹
Level 56
Apr 23, 2021
Hmmn, that looks like a place to visit.
Level 55
Apr 6, 2024
it absolutely is, tho quite pricey to get into unless you sneak in
Level 85
Apr 23, 2021
Surprised that I did pretty well, although I had to look up Ben Jonson, as I had never heard of him. Interesting that his name is rendered on his grave as "Ben Johnson," although he never used that spelling.
Level 79
Apr 25, 2021
A different JetPunk quiz acknowledges Edgar the Aetheling as titular King of England. Although he wielded no power, if he is to be counted, he certainly counts as the last monarch of the House of Wessex.
Level 73
May 30, 2021
"ShakespeArean actor"
Level 74
May 30, 2021
Wow. So a total omission of Lord Byron???
Level 67
Jun 14, 2023
Popular sentiment was for him to be buried in Westminster Abbey but the church refused due to his 'questionable morals'.

Eventually a bust of Byron was placed in Poets Corner - in the 1970's! After people had been calling for recognition ever since his death.

Level 76
May 30, 2021
Why is this David Livingstone person on so many quizzes, as if he was one of the most famous persons in history?

One of those strange Jetpunk obsessions, I presume.

Level 77
May 30, 2021
I mean, he's famous enough to be buried in Westminster Abbey.
Level 76
May 31, 2021
There's a lot of people buried there, most of them not widely famous.
Level 92
Dec 2, 2022
He was an explorer who found the source of the Nile.
Level 69
Jun 2, 2021
isn't shakespearean actor a bit generic? all of the other clues could only refer to one person or like a handful at most whereas there are hundreds of famous shakespearean actors
Level 68
Nov 11, 2021
I guessed it from the dates
Level 60
Mar 29, 2023
ridiculously short time limit, especially with how harsh it is on the spelling.
Level 66
Sep 24, 2023
Slightly weird to see Alfred Tennyson without a Lord in there somewhere
Level 65
Jan 1, 2024
Shouldn't Ben Jonson be in the poets section of the quiz?