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St. Laurence Churchyard

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There are over 1,400 graves in the churchyard. One of the earliest graves is of George Skinner, born in 1594, buried in 1656 who was alive during the time of Oliver Cromwell. Several luminaries rest their bones here:

Sir William Garrow (1760 - 1840)
The eminent lawyer, barrister and politician, (recently the subject of a TV series, 'Garrows's Law'), who was responsible for that cornerstone of British law, 'innocent until proven guilty'.

John Collis Browne (1819 - 1884)
The doctor who invented chlorodyne, orginally a treatment for cholera but which became a 'miracle' cure for everything, from colds and diarrhoea to whooping couch, neuralgia and rheumatism.

Colonel Cromwell Massey (1742 - 1845)
Who died in 1845 aged 103. Having fought for the East India Company against the Sultan of Mysore, he was captured and thrown into a dungeon for three years and nine months. After retirement, he spent his last 11 years in Ramsgate.

Captain John Woolward (1780 - 1836)
Having fought with Nelson at Aboukir he then became harbour master at Ramsgate for 26 years.

D'Este Mausoleum
The resting place of two grandchildren of George III. Grandson, Augustus Frederick, had the mausoleum built for his mother, Lady Augusta Murray. She married the sixth son of George III in 1793 who became the Duke of Sussex and a favourite uncle of Queen Victoria. Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1722, the marriage was ruled invalid and the couple parted in 1801.

In the mausoleum are Lady Augusta, her parents, the Earl of Dunmore and his Countess, Lady Augusta's son, and her daughter and son-in-law, Baron Truro. Ramsgate road names remember the family - Augusta Road, Augusta Steps, Truro Road, and D'Este Road.