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Sunday 8 September 2019   Browning Sunday at St Marylebone Parish Church, commemorating the marriage of Elizabeth Moulton Barrett to Robert Browning. The Choral Eucharist at 11.00am will include a presentation of work by Robert and Elizabeth given by well-known actors. This will be followed by lunch and an afternoon event which will end with Afternoon Tea.


Tickets for Lunch cost £20.


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Friday December 13 2019   Wreath Laying and Lecture in Westmnster Abbey followed by a Reception at The Two Chairmen in Dartmouth Street.


Evensong 5 pm

Wreath Laying and Lecture 6 pm

Reception 6.45 pm at The Two Chairmen, Dartmouth Street



Recent Past Events


Saturday 9th March at 2 pm

Annual General Meeting

and Reading of Robert Browning's Love Poems


St Marylebone Parish Church, London, NW1 5LT


Following the business part of the meeting members and their guests were invited to Afternoon Tea. During Tea Michael Meredith gave an introduction to Robert Browning's Love Poems and members read from a selection of a dozen or so works.



The Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 12th December 2018



The wreath layers:The Revd Clive Dunnico, The Robert Browning Settlement, Dr Sue Brown, and 2018 Lecturer and John Wilson Interim, Dean of University Libraries and Director of The Texas Collection, for The Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University


Following Evensong, members of the Society gathered in Poets' Corner. After a brief address by Dr Sue Brown on the theme Reflections on Browning's remarkable relationships with some extraordinary women, wreaths were laid on behalf of The Browning Society, The Browning Settlement and The Armstrong Browning Library.


A Reception followed in The Two Chairmen in nearby Dartmouth Street.


The ledger stone designed by Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning, known as Pen Browning, (9 March 1849 – 8 July 1912)


The wreaths are of roses (The Browning Society), mixed flowers (The Browning Settlement) and Bells and Pomegranates (The Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University).


Se also:



Charles Forbes portrait of Sarianna Browning restored by The Browning Society



Museo e archivio storico del Comune di Asolo

Past Events

Visit to Asolo April 2016



La Torricella (built by Pen Browning) from La Mura (Mrs Bronson's House)


11 September

Choral Eucharist with readings of poetry by Robert and Elizabeth to commemorate their marriage on 12 September 1846, Lunch and Film: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934).



The Altar and Painyting by Benjamin West, PRA, before which Robert and Elizabeth wre married in 1846

15 October Conference Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Legacies of Aurora Leigh: literature, politics, society at Westminster university, Regent Street, London
7 December

Wreath-laying Ceremony at Westminster Abbey followed by Lecture and Reception



Robert Browning's grave ledger (designed by his son, Pen Browning) in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey



Some Important Dates


6 March 1806
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birth in County Durham.
7 May 1812
Robert Browning's birth in Camberwell, London
9 March 1849 Birth of Robert Wiedeman Barrett "Pen" Browning
29 June 1861
Elizabeth's death in Florence.
September Annual Commemmoration of the Brownings' Marriage in St Marylebone Parish Church. Choral Eucharist, poetry reading, lunch and lecture. 11 am on the Sunday nearest to 12th September.
12 September 1846 Brownings' marriage in St Marylebone Parish Church.
December Annual Commemoration & Wreath Laying, Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, followed by Lecture and Reception. Usually during the second week of December.
12 December 1889
Robert Browning's death at Ca Rezzonico in Venice.
31 December 1889

Robert's burial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey



8 July 1912 Death of Pen Browning

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The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans


Robert Browning Esq.

Norman Collings Esq.

The Rt Hon, The Lord Saatchi


The Revd Clive Dunnico

Dr Philip Kelley


Dr Scott Lewis

Secretary & Treasurer:

Jim Smith Esq.

Committee Members:

Miss Margaret Pollock


Michael Meredith Esq.

Dr Sue Brown

Jim Smith Esq.


Ms Betty Smith


2016 Visit to Asolo