Holyoake Plaque Unveiling – You’re invited!

You are cordially invited to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to George Jacob Holyoake, Secularist and Co-operator, on Friday 17th August at 2 pm, outside 4 Woburn Walk, WC1H OJL, where he lived from 1850 to 1861. The unveiling ceremony will include an informative talk about Holyoak’s work and a celebration of it.

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the unveiling of its 27th commemorative blue plaque, and would like you to join us on this special, historic occasion, when we will also be joined by representatives of the Secular Society, who have generously funded the plaque, as well as representatives of various national and regional bodies connected with Mr Holyoake’s work. The Deputy Mayor of Camden – Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust will also be attending.

Acknowledgement to The National Secular Society


Burton plaque unveiling

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the forthcoming unveiling of a commemorative plaque to James Burton, who was responsible for building much of the Foundling Hospital, Bedford and Skinners’ Company Estates between 1790 and 1820. The unveiling will take place on Wednesday 6th June at 2pm, on the corner of Lansdowne Terrace and Guilford Street WC1.

The plaque has been installed on his original Bloomsbury home, where he lived whilst building Guilford Street and the south side of Brunswick Square. After his extraordinary exploits in Bloomsbury, he went on to build the villas in Regent’s Park and several of the grand Nash designed terraces, working in partnership with his son, Decimus. Together they went on to build much of Regent Street and the new town of St Leonard’s on Sea.

We have tracked down a few surviving relatives of the great man, who will be unveiling the plaque in conjunction with Burton’s biographer and the Mayor of Camden.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important day in the history of our area.

We are grateful to the University of London for allowing us to install this plaque on their building, and for sponsoring it.



Green tokens

Marchmont Street Party 2018 is one of the Waitrose ‘green token’ good causes over the next 3-4 weeks.

If you are able, your support will ensure that we receive a healthy contribution towards the cost of children’s entertainers at the event, which takes place on Saturday 22nd September.

MSP 2018 is once again being organised by the Marchmont Association in partnership with KCBNA, with the financial support of local businesses and a small grant from Camden Council, who will also be providing the roadclosure at no charge.

Many thanks

Ricci de Freitas

MSP 2018 Organiser

The suffragettes of Camden.

We’ve heard news of an exhibition to be held in Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre from 14th June that will interest many of you.  “A Stone’s Throw from Westminster: Suffragettes and Other Feminists in Camden.”  is being curated by Dr Susan Croft and Irene Cockroft of Unfinished Histories.

It explores the contribution of suffrage activists based in Camden,  setting that history in the larger context of the struggle for women’s rights – from the militancy of the WSPU based in Kingsway to the law-abiding activism of Millicent Fawcett in Gower Street; from the 1912 Women’s March in Edinburgh that entered London at Camden Town to the suffragette who raced a stolen fire engine down Tottenham Court Road.

The exhibition will trace the contribution of those actresses and writers who wrote and performed suffrage plays, along with the Slade-trained artists who designed banners and posters for the vote. Also included will be displays marking 100 years of women in the law and the history of the female-run Endell Street military hospital in World War One. The exhibition will situate the suffrage movement within the earlier campaign for women’s education and later feminist struggles in the borough. It will be accompanied by a series of talks, discussions, workshops and play readings.

All this fits very well with the forthcoming unveiling of an MA plaque to Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst, who lived at 8 Russell Square prior to the house being demolished to make way for the Hotel Russell.

We also allude to The Minerva Club at 28 Brunswick Square in ‘Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s Untold Past’, which was home to the Women’s Freedom League in 1907-61, a ‘break-away’ group from the Women’s Social and Political Union.

 The curators are seeking funding to help make the exhibition happen and would be very grateful for any donations to assist. These can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/unfinishedhistories-1090383

Marchmont Assoc AGM coming up

TUESDAY 15th MAY 2018

6.45 for 7pm – 9pm

Bloomsbury Holiday Inn hotel, Coram Street


1. Introductions and apologies.

2. Minutes of the last AGM.

3. Adoption of the Annual Accounts.

4. Annual Report.

5. Election of Chair and Committee for 2017/18 (nominations to join the Committee will be most welcome).

6. Adoption of revised Constitution

7. Any other business.

Anybody living or working in MA’s area of benefit (within the red line on the above map) who supports of our aims, is welcome to attend and vote at the AGM. Light refreshments provided from 6.45pm. For more details visit: http://www.marchmontassociation.org.uk

MA is grateful to the Holiday Inn hotel for hosting this meeting



Plaque of Woolf’s




Seems a bit crazy it wasn’t there before now but ….

Our latest local unveiling saw the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain revealing a new blue plaque to both Virginia and Leonard Woolf, at the site of their former residence, 52 Tavistock Square.

The Woolf’s lived here from 1924 to 1939. During this time , Virginia wrote many of her novels, including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, The Years, as well as the feminist classics, A room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.

The plaque was unveiled by the Society’s Honorary President, Dame Eileen Atkins, in the presence of the Mayor of Camden and members of the Society. The event celebrates the Society’s twentieth anniversary.

Shop Front Awards 2018

MA Supporters are invited to nominate local shops for our Shop Front Award 2018.

 We have been making our Shop Front Awards annually since 2006.

The primary objective of the awards is to enhance the trading environment by improving the appearance of local shops.

The awards also help to promote the restoration and conservation of the area’s historic character, with many of the shops in Marchmont Street, Leigh Street, Judd Street and Tavistock Place occupying Grade II listed Georgian buildings and purpose-built Edwardian premises.

 Your nominations will form a short-list of shops which will be assessed by an independent panel of judges, with the winning shop being presented with their award by the Mayor of Camden.

 We are looking for either the ‘Best Kept Shop Front’ or the ‘Most Improved Shop Front’.

Special Commendations may also be made where appropriate.

 Fork Deli Patisserie, at 85 Marchmont Street, can be seen receiving the award for the Best Shop Front 2016-17 from the Deputy Mayor of Camden, Councillor Richard Cotton


These awards have generated some media coverage for local businesses, as well as contributing to the general improvement of the area.

Please note that only shops within our area of benefit qualify for this award (see map).

Photographs of past award winners can be viewed on Flickr.com via the link below: