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Walter Wakley 55 Broadway

Plaque: Walter Wakley

Erection date: 13/9/1928


This stone was laid on 13th September 1928 by Walter Wakley, foreman stonemason employed on the works.
Adams, Holden & Pearson, FFRIBA – Architects
The Foundation Company Ltd – Principal Contractors

Site: 55 Broadway (3 memorials)

SW1, Broadway, 55

Designed by Charles Holden and built 1927 – 1929 as HQ for Underground Electric Railways Company of London, the main forerunner of London Underground, who in 2015 announced plans to move out and sell the building for luxury accommodation. And, 2019, the building has been sold to a hotel entrepreneur.

Sculptures on the facades are by Jacob Epstein, Alfred Gerrard, Eric Gill, Allan G. Wyon, Eric Aumonier, Samuel Rabinovitch and Henry Moore.

The Ashfield memorial is inside but can be glimpsed through a glass panel in the reception area.

The two foundation stones are either side of the main entrance: Wakley facing north, Auton facing east. A housekeeper close to retirement and a foreman stonemason - very unusual choices for laying foundation stones - a job often given to senior management or minor royalty.

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Walter Wakley

Information Subjects commemorated

Adams, Holden and Pearson

Architectural partnership. 1899 Charles Holden joined H. Percy Adams' practic...

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The Foundation Company Ltd

Contractors who built 55 Broadway. We found some references to a company of t...

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Walter Wakley

Walter Wakley was born on 4 October 1883 in Clapham, Surrey, the fifth of the...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Walter Wakley

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Lord Ashfield - SW1

{Inscribed in the stone below the medallion:} The Rt Hon Lord Ashfield PC, 18...

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Thomas Auton

Metropolitan District Railway Company This stone was laid on 24th September ...

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