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24 Upper Montagu St, Marylebone, London W1H 1BY, UK
Kensal Green Cemetery Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England

Julia Pardoe (4 December 1804 – 26 November 1862), was an English poet, novelist, historian and traveller. Her most popular work, The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks (1837), presented the Turkish upper class with sympathy and humanity.

Julia Sophia H. Pardoe was born in Beverley, Yorkshire.[1] She was the second daughter born to Major Thomas Pardoe, who was reportedly "of Spanish extraction" and his wife Elizabeth.[1][2] Her father reportedly served in the Peninsular campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars and fought at Waterloo before retiring from the service.[3] Pardoe was baptized at the same location on 4 December 1804.[4] She began writing at an early age[1] and anonymously published her first work, The Nun: a Poetical Romance, and Two Others (1824), during her teenage years.[4] Like many others in the early 19th century, she moved south to avoid tuberculosis.[1] There she found material for her first book. In 1835, she travelled to Turkey with her father, on a trip which inspired some of her most popular writings.[4] Pardoe lived in London until 1842, when overwork caused her to return to live with her parents, first at Perry Street, then at Northfleet, Kent.[4] Her contributions to literature gained Pardoe a civil-list pension in January 1860.[1]

Pardoe fell victim to insomnia and chronic liver disease and died on 26 November 1862 at Upper Montagu Street, London. She was unmarried.[4] While her death certificate gave her age as 56 at the time of her death, baptismal records indicate that she was actually 58.[4] She is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, in London.[5] The monument is located to the south side of the path, to the rear and nine feet east of the grave of her friend Catherine Gore.

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