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Hugh Walpole Book House - Wandsworth

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque: Hugh Walpole

Erection date: 2016


Sir Hugh Walpole 1884 - 1941 original home of the Booker Prize.
The Heritage Foundation

This plaque is possibly spurious. It has definitely upset the Chairman of the Wandsworth Society who says that Walpole had no known connection with the building. Although he was a founder of the Book League, (which for a while administered the Booker Prize), he died long before the prize was first awarded in the late 1960s. Also, the Book League didn't move into Book House until 1985, so it could hardly qualify as the Booker's original home. The Heritage Foundation which usually honours entertainers and sportspersons were contacted and were unaware of the plaque's erection..

Site: Book House - Wandsworth (1 memorial)

SW18, East Hill, 45

Built in 1888 to accommodate the Wandsworth District Board of Works, this building was occupied for some time by the Publishing Training Centre, (which is the only explanation we've found for its present name). It has now been developed into flats.

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Hugh Walpole

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Booker Prize

Literary award. Originally known as the Booker–McConnell Prize, after the com...

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Hugh Walpole

Novelist. Born Hugh Seymour Walpole in Auckland, New Zealand. He was educated...

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