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Memorial: Grimaldi's grave


{On the grave stone:}
To the memory of Mr. Joseph Grimaldi who departed this life May 31st 1837, aged 58 years.

{On a plaque laid in front of the grave:}
Joseph Grimaldi
1778 - 1837
Joseph Grimaldi was 3 years old when he first went on the stage of Sadler's Wells with his father, and worked there for 43 years as performer and part-proprietor.
From his debut in 1806 at Covent Garden in Mother Goose he was adored by all and could fill a theatre anywhere. The name Joey has passed into our language to mean a clown.
He lived all his life among the people of Clerkenwell and died at 33 Southampton Street, now called Calshot Street.
Islington Council has called the park in which he lies buried The Joseph Grimaldi Park to commemorate a great artist and a great man.

Site: Grimaldi's grave (2 memorials)

N1, Rodney Street, Joseph Grimaldi Park

Londonist report that when this church was converted for office use Grimaldi's grave (the above ground part at least) was moved to this location. See also the Grimaldi keystone on the front of the church. Near to this fenced-off grave are two accessible "graves" on which you are invited to dance: one for Grimaldi and one for Charles Dibdin who employed him at Sadler's Wells.

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