Person    | Male  Born 13/12/1832  Died 14/1/1898

Sir Polydore de Keyser

Born Belgium. The family moved to London in 1842 and his father established De Keyser's Royal Hotel on the site of what is now Unilever House. The son joined the business and the hotel became the largest hotel in the City. More on this hotel at A London Inheritance. 1887 Master of the Company of Spectacle Makers. 1888 the first Catholic Lord Mayor of London since the Reformation. A founder of the Guildhall School of Music. Lived at Cornwall Gardens, Earl's Court.

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Sir Polydore de Keyser

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Smithfield Fish Market opened

This market was opened on November 7th 1888 by the Right Honourable Sir Polyd...

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Foyles bookshop

Foyles bookshop

Created by William and Gilbert Foyle.  See William for more information. For more on old London bookshops see Spitalfields Life.

Group, Commerce

2 memorials
Mog Murphy

Mog Murphy

Eccentric landlady of the Turk's Head Wapping during WW2 - stayed open all hours for service personnel seeking news of their loved ones.

Person, Commerce, Community / Clubs

1 memorial
John Bennet Lawes

John Bennet Lawes

Entrepreneur and agricultural scientist. Born at Rothamsted, Hertfordshire. He founded an experimental farm that eventually became the Rothamsted Experimental Station, and developed a superphosphat...

Person, Commerce, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
Thomas Sainsbury

Thomas Sainsbury

Lord Mayor. Grocer of Ludgate Hill, Bowyer, Alderman of Billingsgate and Governor of the Fellowship Porters in 1786. Came from Wiltshire. Died at Newcourt House, Devon. His tomb is at St Mary's, Ma...

Person, Commerce, Lord Mayor, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud

Born in Strasbourg as Marie Grosholtz. Her mother worked for Dr Curtius, a wax modeller, who taught his skills to Marie. In the French revolution made death masks of the executed nobles and royalty...

Person, Commerce, Craft / Design, France

2 memorials