Signed and declared by the said Testator, Robert Story, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence at his request, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
FROM THE INDEX TO WILLS AT SOMERSET HOUSE:STORY, ROBERT, 25th August, 1860, effects under £100. The Will of Robert Story, late of 12, Harley Street, Battersea, in the County of Surrey, Clerk in the Audit Office, Somerset House, deceased, who died 7th July, 1860, at Harley Street, aforesaid, widow, the relict and sole executrix. (559)
It was very disappointing to find on visiting Brompton Cemetery no memorial over the remains of Robert Story - or more correctly, Storey. Owing to the kindness of the cemetery authorities the grave was pointed to the writer in the March of 1911. The grass that covers it has sunk, and as the headstone which formerly indicated the resting-place of the bard was of red sand-stone, a stone ill-fitted for standing exposure to all weathers, it was removed, the lettering upon it having worn away, and thus all that serves to mark where the poet lies are the letters and date on the kerbstone, at the foot, viz.: "R.S., 1860."
Within the same grave are deposited the remains of Hester Wright, aged 48, who died in 1877; and Ellen Storey, buried on the 21st January, 1887, aged 86.
Robert Storey passed away at 12, Harley Street, Battersea. I had not much difficulty in finding the street and the house, which latter was untenanted. It is the second house turning to the left from Randall Street. The corner house bears the name of "Prescott Cottage." The property here formerly belonged to Colonel Spicer, of Essex.
I called on various persons hoping to be directed to some ancient inhabitant in the neighbourhood who remembered the poet and some members of his family, but despite every endeavour none could be discovered.