John Baskerville

John Baskerville

Birth
Death 8 Jan 1775 (aged 68)
Burial Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Plot H-68 Cloister 1
Memorial ID 12496085 · View Source
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Master Printer. He first made his fortune as a headstone engraver and a varnisher before moving into printing. He invented the 'baskerville' typeface and eventually became Printer to Cambridge University. Originally he was buried upright (due to his atheism) in a conical mausoleum in the grounds of the Mill in which he lived. The Mill was later destroyed by rioters and the land disturbed by canal cutting. In 1820 his body became the property of a peepshow, but he was afterward moved to the vault of a now-demolished chapel, and today his body lies in an unmarked grave in a Birmingham cemetery.


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 25 Nov 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12496085
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Baskerville (28 Jan 1706–8 Jan 1775), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12496085, citing Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .