Plaque

Tachbrook - Founders

Inscription

Founders
To commemorate the work of Lady Walston Chairman, the Rt Hon Sir John Davidson GCVO CH CB Treasurer and the Pulford Street Site Committee through whose zeal this land was secured for the housing of Citizens of Wetmisnter.

Site: Tachbrook Estate (14 memorials)

SW1, Bessborough Street

Pulford Street and the Equitable Gas Works used to occupy this six acre site.  In the 1930s the Pulford Street Site Committee was responsible for raising the funds necessary, mainly from Westminster residents, with grants from the Ministry of Health and Westminster Council, to build this Tachbrook Estate. 

The National Archives provide: Seven 5-storey blocks (Kent, Founders, Wren, Beaufort, Tuttle, Abbots, Cowper) (totalling 180 flats) were built and opened by the Duke of Kent on 8/7/1935 (plaque says Duchess of Kent on 27/6/35).   Walston House, opened by the Duchess of Kent on 29/6/1937, was built as a social centre but was rebuilt as 22 flats for the elderly in 1970 and now has no plaque, that we could find.  Malcolmson House, actually 3 blocks (100 flats) was opened by the Queen Mother on 14/7/1949 (plaque says 13th).  Cockburn (22 flats), Marsh (17 flats) and Harvey (41 flats) were opened by Princess Margaret 22/10/1953.  The whole Tachbrook Estate was transferred to Peabody Trust in 1972.

On site there is a plan showing the location of each of the 14 blocks.  One of the blocks, Walston, is quite modern and does not have a plaque.  There are 3 Malcolmson blocks (A, B and C), only one of which has a plaque.  The Foundation plaque is additional to the standard one on the Founders block.  The Opening plaque is additional to the standard one on the Cockburn block.  The Murray plaque is in the playground, not on any block.  All of which means there are 14 plaques: 5 to historical figures and 9 to founders, administrators, unveilers.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Tachbrook - Founders

Subjects commemorated i

Pulford Street Site Committee

The Pulford Street Site Fund was responsible for raising the resources necess...

Read More

Sir John Davidson

 Treasurer of the Pulford Street Site Committee.  This is possibly Sir John H...

Read More

Lady Walston

Chairman of the Pulford Street Site Committee.  Her generosity enabled the bu...

Read More

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Tachbrook - Founders

Also at this site i

Tachbrook - Abbots

Tachbrook - Abbots

Abbots House To commemorate the Abbots of the Monastery of Westminster who fo...

Read More

Tachbrook - Beaufort

Tachbrook - Beaufort

Beaufort House To commemorate the Lady Margaret Beaufort 1443 - 1509. Mother...

Read More

Tachbrook - Cockburn

Tachbrook - Cockburn

Cockburn House To commemorate the work of Jacqueline Theodora Cockburn whose ...

Read More

Tachbrook - Cowper

Tachbrook - Cowper

Cowper House To commemorate William Cowper, poet and hymn writer, 1731 - 1800...

Read More

Tachbrook - Foundation

Tachbrook - Foundation

This stone was laid by the Rt Hon Sir Hilton Young, GBE, Minister of Health, ...

Read More

Nearby Memorials

Bishop Challoner

Bishop Challoner

WC1, Old Gloucester Street, 44

Bishop Richard Challoner, 1691 - 1781, vicar-apostolic of the London District, died here.

1 subject commemorated
Victims of Human BSE

Victims of Human BSE

SE1, Albert Embankment

The flower on the plaque looks to us like a chrysanthemum but we don't know if it has any special significance.

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet

W1, Conway Street, 27

When Bechet lived here the street was called Southampton Street and he was performing at the Rector’s Club in Tottenham Court Road. 

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Dr Frank Bennett

Dr Frank Bennett

NW6, Kilburn High Road, Brondesbury Medical Centre

The plaque, as well as having rather peculiar punctuation gets the year of death wrong but only by 2 days, so understandable. 

1 subject commemorated
Samuel Taylor Coleridge - W1

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - W1

W1, Berners Street, 70

London County Council Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 - 1834, poet and philosopher, lived in a house on this site, 1812 - 1813.

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator