Plaque

Emma Cons - W1

Emma Cons Emma Cons - W1
Inscription

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.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Emma Cons - W1

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Royal Coburg Theatre / Royal Victoria Theatre / Old Vic

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Emma Cons

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Emma Cons - W1

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Greater London Council

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