Woodward, Francis Blake

Grave position details

Zone 1
Row 12
Position 32
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General description

Reverend Francis Blake Woodward served the Anglican Church in Rome for fifteen years, from 1850 to 1866. He was chaplain at the Granary Room described later in the text. Upon his death in 1866, he was buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, where his tomb is resplendent with decoration in mosaic work.

From 1816, following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, informal services began to be held in the private apartments of visiting clergymen. (Years earlier, the Stuart court in exile had allowed Anglican chaplains to hold regular services for the court’s non-Catholic members and for visitors to Rome.) For over sixty years, until the present church in Via del Babuino was ready for use in 1887, services took place in the “Granary Room”, on the first floor of a former granary just outside Porta del Popolo.

The image shows congregants arriving for a service at this building in 1851. They arrive by carriage or on foot. Two gendarmes provided by the city authorities guard the door.

Personal information

Woodward, Francis Blake was born in Cavan, Ireland, on 04/05/1801. Worked as English Church Pastor and died on 04/02/1866. Burial by this cemetery dates back to 1866. 

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The complete guide to find a grave

All the graves of the Non-Catholic Cemetery can be located through the position details that can be read within each single buried person’s page or gravestone’s page itself.

Exact position can be located by 4 simple fields: The Area (Zona), The quarter (Riquadro), The Row (Fila) and The Position (Posizione).


The Areas (Zona)

The Non-Catholic cemetery of Rome is composed by 5 large areas. All areas are bounded by walkable paths, so they are very easy to locate.

ATTENTION: We gently remind to all visitors that the Antica(A) area is a flat and grassy garden, and the graves are scattered in a very informal fashion. Furthermore we suggest you to exclusively refer to the walk’s map and also to the photo of the gravestone to locate the exact position.


The quarter* (Riquadro) *valid only for the Terza Zona (3)

The quarter is strictly related to the Terza Zona of the cemetery.

This area is divided into 4 quadrants numbered as shown in this map.

Only the graves in the Terza Zona will have the quarter indicated in the position information.

The field that represent the quarter will be empty/not visible in each other grave except the graves in the Terza Zona.

Please note that to identify any tomb it is always possible to refer to the walk’s map and to the photo of the grave.





The Row (Fila) 

The graves in the cemetery are mostly laid out in ordered rows.

Only the Zona Antica(A) and the tombs along the walls, for example ossuaries, are an exception.

In order to count the row number it is necessary to recognize the lower part of the cemetery as a reference. The Non-Catholic cemetery in fact extends over a slight slope (except for the Zona Antica which is flat but does not have rows).

The first row will always be the one at the lowest level compared to the others.

Once the first row is identified it will be easy to count all the others rows.



The Position (Posizione)

It is used to locate the grave within the reference row.

The position can be identified by counting the graves from left to right.

The count must be made always starting from the left end of the area where the tomb is located.