Inventor, manufacturer and philanthropist. Born William Ford Robinson Stanley in Islington. He filed 78 patents for precision drawing, mathematical and surveying instruments, as well as telescopes. (The Stanley knife is not his, that was created by an American company.)
He was also a skilled architect, designing and founding the Stanley Technical Trades School (now Harris Academy South Norwood), the Stanley Halls, a factory (The Stanley Works in Belgrave Road, near Norwood Junction, lost) and homes for himself and his family. His wife was Eliza Ann (see there for more about their family and where they lived).
He gave over £80,000 to education projects during the last 15 years of his life. Died at his home, Cumberlow, South Norwood.
Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk