Arthur Henry Hallam died in Vienna in 1833, aged just 22, and was brought back by sea for burial in St Andrew’s Church, Clevedon, in the family vault of his mother, Julia Elton, of Clevedon Court. He is commemorated on a marble tablet above the vault in the church’s St Thomas’ chapel.
His death inspired the poem, In Memoriam A.H.H., written by his close friend, Alfred Tennyson.
Here Julia Hallam Elton introduces extracts from this immortal elegy, specially selected by Victorian literature expert Dr Jane Wright, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Bristol University.
They are read by Marc Bessant, and his son, Doug, past winners of Rose Bowl awards for amateur drama and opera in the South-west, and Poet Laureate, the late Sir John Betjeman.