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Memorial

Action for Children Astley's first venue and Action for Children

Plaque: Action for Children

Erection date: 9/7/2009

Inscription

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Action for Children. The charity Action for Children was founded as 'The Children's Home' on this site by Revd. Thomas Bowman Stephenson, a Methodist minister, on 9 July 1869.

This plaque was unveiled to mark Action for Children's 140th anniversary.

Plaque unveiled by actress Shirley Anne Field (who spent part of her childhood in a Children's Home), and the then Action for Children chair Pam Chesters.

Site: Astley's first venue and Action for Children (2 memorials)

SE1, Cornwall Road

Video of the plaque unveiling. You can just see one of the horses in our photo, and the gray wigs are on the "cossack" riders. The site of Astley's first performance space, in a field, was just about 50 yards to the east of the plaque. By the next year success meant that the Astleys could set up the more permanent Astley's Amphitheatre, a short distance away. But this plaque marks where "circus" began.

The Action for Children plaque is also on this building (a London Underground electrical substation) around the corner to the right of our photo.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Action for Children

Information Subjects commemorated

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Action for Children

National children's charity. Founded by the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson...

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Thomas Bowman Stephenson

Wesleyan minister and benefactor. Born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He entered the...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Action for Children

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Action for Children

National children's charity. Founded by the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson...

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Pam Chesters

Politician. Born Pamela Chesters in Edinburgh. Worked in the oil industry and...

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Shirley Anne Field

Actress. Born Shirley Broomfield in Bolton, Lancashire. She started her caree...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Action for Children

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Astley's first venue

Easter Monday in 1768 was 4 April. The plaque was erected by the Lambeth Esta...

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