In a house on this site lived William Curtis, botanist, b.1746 - d. 1799.
The Corporation of the City of London
Site: William Curtis & National Provident (3 memorials)
EC3, Gracechurch Street, 48 - 51
The two NPI plaques are in the doorway on the right, at no 48; the Curtis plaque is to the left at no 51. NPI have made rather excessive use of plaques and inscriptions on their building, as if they think their history will fly away if they don't pin it down in the stone.
During our research we came across a strange co-incidence: The architect of the NPI building (named on the north plaque) had a close familial and professional relationship with a Mr William Curtis Green. Next door, 200 years earlier, lived a Mr William Curtis. Spooky.