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Geological Society of London Freemasons' Tavern - Gt Queen Street

Plaque: Geological Society of London

Erection date: 13/11/2007


Geological Society of London
13 November 1807, the first geological society in the world was inaugurated in a building on this site known as The Freemasons' Tavern.
Bicentenary 13 November 2007

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.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Geological Society of London

Information Subjects commemorated

Freemasons' Tavern

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

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Geological Society of London

The first geological society in the world, inaugurated in The Freemasons' Tav...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Geological Society of London

Information Also at this site

Football Association

The Football Association was formed on the proposal of Ebenezer Cobb Morley a...

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