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William Thomas Stead

Person  Male  Born 5/7/1849  Died 15/4/1912

Campaigning journalist and spiritualist. Born Northumberland. Committed to the peace movement, women's rights, civil liberties. As part of his campaign against juvenile prostitution he procured a 12 year-old prostitute, Eliza Armstrong, in Lisson Grove. Eliza was then looked after by the Salvation Army but, due to a technical violation of the law, Stead was imprisoned for 3 months. The slum from where Eliza came, Charles Street, was rebuilt by Octavia Hill and renamed Ranston Street. G.B. Shaw's Eliza Doolittle also came from Lisson Grove. Stead had often predicted that he would die either by lynching or by drowning - he went down in the Titanic - spooky.

Other memorials to him include: one in Darlington (where his journalist career began), a statue in Chicago (where, in 1893 he agitated for civic reform), and in New York, a copy of the Embankment plaque, apparently erected by "American friends and admirers", on the edge of Central Park, one block north of Engineers’ Gate. We would like to know how that inscription reads - the Embankment one refers to the location so the New York one can't be an exact copy.

W. T. Stead Resource Site is a good source of information. On the Titanic centenary a wreath was laid on the memorial in WC2.

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William Thomas Stead

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49701

W. T. Stead - SW1

Plaque unveiled by the then Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Catherine Longwo...

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W. T. Stead - WC2

The inscription refers to Stead having worked near this site for 30 years. Th...

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