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Samuel Morley The Old Vic

Plaque: Samuel Morley


1809 - 1886. This tablet records the purchase by subscription of the Royal Victoria Hall (The Old Vic.) in 1888 as a memorial to the work of Samuel Morley.

Despite the dates on it this plaque looks to us to be quite a modern creation. The story of Morley's financial support for the Old Vic and Morley College is too complex to put on a plaque and this inscription gives a rather garbled version. We give a brief summary of the story on our page for Emma Cons, who founded both the theatre and the college.

Site: The Old Vic (3 memorials)

SE1, The Cut, Old Vic Theatre

The Royal Coburg plaque is just around the corner to the left, on the flank wall. The large Cons plaque is over at the right, curving around the corner partly hidden by the lamppost. And the Morley plaque is around the corner to the right, on the Waterloo Road flank wall, above a back entrance, towards the southern end of the building.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Samuel Morley

Information Subjects commemorated

Royal Coburg Theatre / Royal Victoria Theatre / Old Vic

This theatre designed by the German architect Rudolphe Cabanel, began life in...

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Samuel Morley

Born Well Street Hackney into a Nottingham family of wool/hosiery manufacture...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Samuel Morley

Information Also at this site

Emma Cons - Old Vic

Our thanks to our deciphering-of-difficult-to-read-inscriptions consultant, J...

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Royal Coburg Theatre

Leopold and Charlotte had married on 2 May and Charlotte was already known to...

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