Plaque: William Shipley
Erection date: 6/4/2016
William Shipley, 1715 - 1803, held the foundation meeting of the (Royal) Society of Arts in Rawthmell's Coffee House on this site, 22 March 1754.
Westminster City Council
This plaque commemorates the tercentenary of Shipley's birth and the site of RSA's first meeting place. Interesting that this is a Westminster plaque, when it was the Society of Arts which initiated the plaque scheme now being run by English Heritage. Wonder if they were turned down for a "blue plaque" here?
Site: William Shipley (1 memorial)
WC2, Henrietta Street, 25