Plaque: William Nicholson
William Nicholson (1824 - 1909) distiller, politician, cricket player, benefactor. This alehouse is part of the Nicholson's heritage collection. They're all different, yet they all owe something to the man who founded them. William Nicholson was a Victorian all-rounder - a businessman, MP, and sporting hero. He played first-class cricket, ran the family's distilling business, and financed Lord's cricket ground and its famous pavilion. In 1873, William revitalised a collection of characterful alehouses, each one an architectural delight with a strong sense of place and individuality. William added craftsmanship - marble, tiling, vibrant leaded windows - and his larger-than-life personality. William's influence is lasting. His alehouses are still brimming with warmth, tradition, and timeless hospitality.
The exterior boasts (at least) two copies of this plaque, both positioned below what's visible in our photo.
Site: William Nicholson (1 memorial)
SE1, Blackfriars Road, Doggett's
They say all styles of architecture are appreciated eventually. We wonder how many more years this style has got to go before we would not cheer were this building demolished?