Lawrence of Arabia's DorsetThis page in Japanese
Lawrence's small, secluded and Spartan cottage at Bovington, named after the hill on which it is situated, "Clouds Hill". The opening on the left is the main entrance, would you believe! He first rented it in 1923, buying it two years later. In this building he revised his classic "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" and later modifications were aided by remuneration from his translation of "The Odyssey".
Near this spot Lawrence of Arabia crashed on his motorcycle and was fatally injured 13th May 1935.
The road on which this is situated (merely 500 yards or so from Clouds Hill) is the very road that goes through Bovington Army Camp (north of the town of Wool in Dorset).
This spot is over half a mile north of the famous Bovington Tank Museum.
Lawrence's grave is to be found at the village of Moreton, a mile and a half from his home ("Cloud's Hill") at Bovington.
It has been said that the gravestone may not have been the one Lawrence would have chosen. Nonetheless, it is inscribed thus: -
TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
FELLOW OF ALL SOULS COLLEGE
BORN 16 AUGUST 1888
DIED 19 MAY 1935
THE HOUR IS COMING AND NOW IS
WHEN THE DEAD SHALL HEAR
THE VOICE OF THE
SON OF GOD
AND THEY THAT HEAR
This effigy of Lawrence is in the church of St. Martin's-on-the-Walls, Wareham.
Its creator, Eric Kennington, intended it for the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral; however the cathedral already possessed Kenington's bust of Lawrence, and considered this effigy to be superfluous.
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