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Wiliam Whiteley - biographical plaque Whiteley Village

Plaque: Wiliam Whiteley - biographical plaque

Inscription

William Whiteley, the founder of this Trust, was born at Agbrigg, Yorks on the 29th September 1831. Educated at Pontefract and apprenticed at the age of 16 to a drapery firm in Wakefield, he went to London to see the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the busy life of the metropolis attracted him. He spent 10 years of thrift and constant study with a city firm and then started a small business of his own at 63 Westbourne Grove. Before very long he had won for himself the name of the universal provider and for his business a worldwide reputation. He was the pioneer of the great London retail stores of the 19th and 20th centuries. He died in London the 24th of January 1907.

Site: Whiteley Village (5 memorials)

KT12, Whiteley Village

The Listing text says the statue and the relief are of copper, not the more usual bronze. The front of the plinth below the seated lady supports (top to bottom): the relief; the plaque; the foundation stone. The biographical plaque is on the back.

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Wiliam Whiteley - biographical plaque

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79738

William Whiteley

Entrepreneur and founder of Whiteley's department store on Queensway, now Whi...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Wiliam Whiteley - biographical plaque

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79731

Whiteley Village - foundation stone

This foundation stone was laid by the Right Honourable and Right Reverend Art...

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79735

Wiliam Whiteley - sculpture

Maybe on an overcast day it would be possible to photograph the north facing ...

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79732

William Whiteley - plaque

The quotation is from Psalm 41.1.

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79733

William Whiteley - relief

1831    1907 William Whiteley {On ribbon:} labora et vive {Latin for: work a...

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