In 1816 Alexander Raphael commissioned a sarcophagus for himself in the church of the Armenian Monastery on the island of St. Lazzaro in the Lagoon of Venice.  It was never used and after Raphael died in England, in 1850, he was buried in the crypt of St. Raphael’s Church in Surbiton, the building of which he had funded.

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David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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