Go to Britain to study state history


Maryland history will be retraced to Britain on a trip highlighted by the laying of a memorial plaque on the unmarked grave of Cecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore and founder of the Maryland Colony.

Never having left England for the colony he founded, Lord Baltimore was buried in 1675 at St. Giles-in-the-Fields Church, outside London. The church was razed in 1731 and was later rebuilt, but the grave of Cecilius Calvert was left unmarked.

When Bruce Quackenbush, executive director of the Pride of Baltimore Inc., visited in 1994 with Graham Thornton of the London branch of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's Office of Tourism, he was informed of the gravesite.

Although the famous Calvert's resting place was unmarked, the church still holds records of every birth and death there, and the Rev. Gordon Taylor, rector of St. Giles since the 1960s, had been saving a place for a memorial to Lord Baltimore.

After hearing from the rector, Mr. Quackenbush and Mr. Thornton set about planning the production of a memorial and sending it to Britain on the Pride of Baltimore II. Joseph Moss, a stone carver and sculptor from the Annapolis area, is carving the marker from marble taken from a set of Baltimore rowhouse steps.

In conjunction with the laying of the memorial, Eyre Tour and Travel Ltd. has organized a trip highlighting Baltimore's roots in Britain. During the 13-day trip, participants will visit the houses and hometowns of people connected with the Calvert family.

Among places is Woodcote Park, one of the Calverts' estates, which is near St. Giles Church, where three Calverts are buried.

Also on the itinerary are Hook Manor, the home of Cecilius Calvert and his wife, Anne Arundell; Old Wardour Castle, the ruined ancestral Arundell home; the chapel of St. Mary, where John Carroll was ordained the first Catholic bishop of Baltimore; and Kiplin Hall, built by George Calvert. Unconnected with the Calverts, but still an interesting stop, will be Blenheim palace.

The trip will cost $2,599 per person, double occupancy.

The tour leaves April 29 from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The deposit for the trip is $350 per person, and the full payment is due by Feb. 28. Call Eyre Tour & Travel Ltd. for more information at (800) 321-EYRE.

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