Plaque: Mothers' Union - left
Erection date: 18/7/1923
To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance of Mary Elizabeth Sumner who founded the Mothers’ Union in 1876, This stone was laid by her daughter, Louisa Gore-Browne, 18th July 1923.
Architect – Claude W. Ferrier, FRIBA
Builders – Perry & Company (Bow) Ltd
Site: Mothers' Union (2 memorials)
SW1, Tufton Street, Mary Sumner House
The plaques are either side of the entrance in Tufton Street. A large decorative panel on the Great Peter Street corner reads: The Mary Sumner House 1925.
The Mothers Union History of Sumner House says that the building was designed to be, initially, larger than they needed. Paul Waterhouse, son of Alfred, designed the chapel (shown on a 1961 postcard found on eBay.) The Union building was flooded along with lots of low-lying London in 1928 and served as an air-raid shelter in WW1.