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Monument to Martha Bianchi in Hampstead Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Fortune Green, London

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Latitude: 51.557 / 51°33'25"N

Longitude: -0.1989 / 0°11'55"W

OS Eastings: 524960

OS Northings: 185768

OS Grid: TQ249857

Mapcode National: GBR C5.NJG

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.H4Q8

Entry Name: Monument to Martha Bianchi in Hampstead Cemetery

Listing Date: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113028

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477355

Location: Camden, London, NW2

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Fortune Green

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Luke Hampstead

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/23/491 Monument to Martha Bianchi in
Hampstead Cemetery


Walled monument with sculptured angel and relief panels to
Martha Bianchi, died 1936. Stone. Large triangular plot with
low stone wall having small rectangular piers flanking
entrance at apex. Base of triangle formed by a stone gateway,
with wrought-iron gate of rays emanating from a star with
nimbus, surmounted by a large sculptured figure of the
deceased depicted in Futurist style as an angel with outspread
wings and arms held heavenward; angel flanked by 2 pillars and
standing on a stepped base inscribed "Bianchi". Flanking the
gateway to form walls, 2 carved relief panels, that to the
left depicting the couple, in contemporary clothes, sitting on
a bench in paradise, she holding a baby; inscribed "Oh for the
touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is
still". Right hand panel depicts the deceased, in flowing
robes, ascending heavenwards supported by 2 flanking wingless
angels against a background of a cloud with emanating rays. A
stone pavement fronts this arrangement. In front of the
gateway a ledgerstone with plaque inscribed with a poem "To
Mattie in Heaven".
HISTORICAL NOTE: the Bianchi monument was erected by an
Italian chef to his opera singer wife, Martha, who died in

Listing NGR: TQ2496085768

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