Plaque: Dr William Brotherton
Dr. William H. Brotherton, 1840 - 1882, lived in the house on this site, destroyed by enemy action - 1940.
Our researches (see Brotherton's page) show that his dates are 1831 - 1882. We can only guess at an explanation for the 1840 on the plaque. Perhaps his parents brought him to this house as a 9 year old child, or it could just be a mistake.
Site: Dr William Brotherton (1 memorial)
E2, Cambridge Heath Road, New Life Bible Church, 289
Maps from the late 19th century show this as a continuous terrace of housing, Cambridge Terrace, from Birkbeck Street up to Bethnal Green Road.
Unusually no one else seems to have spotted this plaque, or if they have they're not letting the internet know about it.
The plaque looks to be contemporaneous with the building, so we'd date it to about 1950, which is 70 years after Brotherton's death. That's a long time to remember someone. Who could have erected it? If his family continued to own the property then they would have been involved in the reconstruction, so perhaps they saw him as the family's founding father. Or perhaps it continued as a doctors' surgery through into WW2 and the community remembered the founder of their surgery, who had died aged only 51, and wanted to honour him (similar to Dr Farman and Dr Silverman). But we are just guessing.