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Emma Cons - W1 Emma Cons

Plaque: Emma Cons - W1


Emma Cons, 1837 - 1912, philanthropist and founder of the Old Vic, lived and worked here.
Greater London Council

Cons was not herself wealthy so it seems odd to describe her as a philanthropist, and the plaque has her birth year wrong, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Biography.

Site: Emma Cons (1 memorial)

W1, Seymour Place, Walmer Castle, 136 Walmer House

The 1873 (listed) building was opened as the Walmer Castle Coffee Tavern, i.e. decidedly not a pub. Later it was known as "Church Army Coffee Tavern & Lodging Home", or "Temperance Hotel". In the late 1870s and 1880s this was run by Emma Cons and she held meetings here organising her various campaigns.

Ornamental Passions has a good photo of the castle relief on the front corner, on the band between 1st and 2nd floors.

2021: We note that the building is now used by WLM Seymour Place, part of the West London Mission which was established in 1887 by Rev. Hugh Price Hughes.

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