Plaque   

Football Association

Freemasons' Tavern - Gt Queen Street Football Association

Erection date: 26/10/2013

Inscription

The Football Association was formed on the proposal of Ebenezer Cobb Morley at the Freemasons' Tavern which stood on this site. The modern game of football was born on this day.
26 October 1863

Site: Freemasons' Tavern - Gt Queen Street (2 memorials)

WC2, Great Queen Street, 63, Connaught Rooms

The development of the southern side of Great Queen Street is complex: it's a story of overlapping rebuildings and extensions to the Freemasons' Tavern, the Freemasons' Hall and the Connaught Rooms.  If you want to untangle the threads the English Heritage listing statement is a good place to go.  Some of the history can be seen by looking closely at the building which sports this plaque: at first glance it's complete and symmetrical, but then you notice there is rather more of it at the right than at the left, and up at roof level you can see a section of what used be be a 3-bay pediment.  There used to be 4 statues above the cornicing, not just 2.  This 1864-5 facade was designed by Frederick Pepys Cockerell, son of Charles Robert.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Football Association

Subjects commemorated Information

Freemasons' Tavern

The first, 1775, building (in the picture) was replaced by a four storey buil...

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Football Association

Formed on the proposal of Ebenezer Cobb Morley at the Freemasons' Tavern.  Ou...

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Ebenezer Cobb Morley

Born Hull and moved to Barnes in 1858.  Keen rower and footballer and for bot...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Football Association

Also at this site Information

Geological Society of London

Geological Society of London 13 November 1807, the first geological society ...

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