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Plaque: Priscilla Wakefield

Erection date: 2/5/2008


Priscilla Wakefield, 1751 - 1832, Quaker author and founder of the Penny Savings Bank, lived near here.
Historic Buildings of the London Borough of Haringey

Our colleague Alan Patient took a photo of this plaque in 2008 and tells us it was in excellent condtion. 9 years later. on our visit, the plaque was, looking very distressed - letters had dropped off and the paint had peeled. This doesn't happen to most plaques so we wonder what method was used to create this one, and hope Haringey don't use it in future.

Site: Priscilla Wakefield (1 memorial)

N15, Colsterworth Road

We have found two images of buildings in this area associated with Wakefield: Watercolour of The Old Ship Inn c.1800. This is described as ".. near Tottenham Green. It was the former home of the Quaker Priscilla Wakefield." It seems clear that the Penny Savings Bank was opened in Ship Inn Yard but she was quite a wealthy woman so she probably lived elsewhere. Ship Inn Yard was apparently near High Cross United Reform Church, the building with the plaque, but we cannot corroborate that there was a Ship Inn at this location, nor find it on any map of the period. However there is The Ship pub at 499 Tottenham High Road, close to Bruce Grove, and close to where Wakefield founded her School for Industry.

The other image is at the website, Summerhill Road, and is captioned "Tottenham Green - home of Priscilla Wakefield" and that is very convincing as her home.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Priscilla Wakefield

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Penny Savings Bank

From Tottenham Quakers  "In 1798 Priscilla Wakefield founded the first "fruga...

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Priscilla Wakefield

Born Priscilla Bell in Tottenham. Quaker philanthropist and author of feminis...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Priscilla Wakefield

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London Borough of Haringey

Created in 1965 by the amalgamation of three former boroughs: Hornsey, Wood G...

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