On Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 12.30 the RSA and the William Shipley Group will be unveiling a green plaque dedicated to William Shipley, our founder, to commemorate the tercentenary of his birth and the site of our first meeting at Rawthmell’s Coffee House in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden.
The plaque will be unveiled by Councillor Robert Davis MBE, Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Westminster Council.
Attendees are invited to raise a glass in All Bar One, 19 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH after the unveiling. Drinks and refreshments will be provided by the RSA.
Appropriately tha we initiated the commemorative plaques scheme, our plaques were called 'memorial tablets' and were manufactured by Minton in terracotta. The first plaque was erected in 1867 at Lord Byron's birthplace, 24 Holles Street, Cavendish Square (since demolished) and the design was in use until 1902.
The Society erected thirty-six plaques in all and as with many of the Society’s scheme’s they were carried forward by other organisations. In 1901 the London County Council (LCC) took over the scheme. In 1965 the Greater London Council (GLC), in 1998 English Heritage began the extension of the blue plaques scheme on a national basis and today they are found all over the country. Westminster Council are carrying on the scheme in Westminster with green plaques.
Any questions, please contact Susan Bennett FRSA: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Peter's Court, Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8NA