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John Keats - Enfield

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Plaque (lost): Keats, D'Israeli, Clarke at Enfield


In a house on this site
1766 – 1848
(Father of Benjamin D’Israeli)
was born
1787 – 1877
was born and
was educated
(The house became Enfield’s first railway station in 1849)

According to Enfield Borough this plaque, together with the remaining plaque, was "at Enfield Town Railway Station in lobby, on east wall, above head height" but is now missing.

We are not convinced about Isaac D'israeli being born here - see his page.

Site: John Keats - Enfield (2 memorials)

EN1, Southbury Road, Enfield Town Railway Station

The plaque is on the left hand side of the entrance hall.

Francis Frith has a photo of the station in 1945, showing the Victorian buildings that replaced the old school building.

Mapping Keats's Progress provides some information about Keats and this school: At the time Southbury Road was known as Nags Head Road and the school was sometimes called Enfield School or Academy. It was a progressive boarding school for boys, run by Reverend John Clarke. It had been attended by a couple of Keats's mother's brothers. Then Keats attended with his brother George, and later his youngest brother Tom followed. Keats became a keen and critical reader while at the school.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Keats, D'Israeli, Clarke at Enfield

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Enfield school-house / station

the V&A (our picture source) hold in their collection part of the façade ...

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Charles Cowden Clarke

Author and Shakespearian scholar. Born in Enfield, at the school run by his f...

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Isaac D'Israeli

Author. Not to be confused with Benjamin Disraeli, the novel-writing Prime Mi...

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John Keats

Born 24 Moorfields Pavement Row, Finsbury. This was the Swan and Hoop pub, wh...

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Keats, D'Israeli, Clarke at Enfield

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Borough of Enfield

The northernmost borough of London. Formed by the amalgamation of the Municip...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Keats, D'Israeli, Clarke at Enfield

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John Keats - Enfield

The house which stood on this site was built in the late 17th century. Later ...

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