Sir Henry Morton Stanley (born in Wales) became one of the New York Herald's overseas correspondents and, in 1869, was instructed to find the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time.
Stanley travelled to Zanzibar in March 1871 and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. This 700 mile expedition through the tropical forest became a nightmare. Stanley eventually found Livingstone on 10 November 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and greeted him with the now famous, "Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"
He died in London on 10 May 1904 and his grave, in the churchyard of St. Michael's Church in Pirbright, Surrey, is marked by a large piece of granite inscribed with the words "Henry Morton Stanley, Bula Matari, 1841–1904, Africa". Bula Matari, which translates as "Breaker of Rocks" or "Breakstones" in Kikongo.
I've been wanting to photograph his grave (it's only a few miles from where I live) and thought today would make a perfect contrast... the steamy jungle to the snowy English churchyard.
The second image is of St Michael's church to give some context to the setting. A typical English church and churchyard.
Diane... yes, you're right, I thought I'd straightened it but it looks to me like I only succeeded in getting he left side of the tower upright. More haste, less speed needed!
Bob, yes the exterior is quite plain but I think reasonably attractive. I've never been inside so can't comment on that. This is just a basic parish church, no particular history other than the Stanley connection.As I said, I only posted the second image of the church to give a view of the tomb's setting.
Btw, Is the quotation "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" known outside of the UK?
The combination of the huge rock, the trees, snow and the overcast day in the first photo signal peace and dignity. There's nothing wrong in #2 but it's more of the ordinary kind.
I remember the phrase "Dr Livingstone, I presume" from geography at school. When I was about 12 or 13, we had a wonderful history teacher who could tell stories that fascinated boys of that age. I am not saying that I remember the phrase from a single hearing almost 50 years ago. Instead the phrase is so well known that it is being used outside of its original context, when people meet a celebrity for the first time.