Two more special plaques for North Laine

Photo:Blue plaque outside 22 Kensington Gardens

Blue plaque outside 22 Kensington Gardens

Photo:Peggy Ramsay, who lived in Kensington Place

Peggy Ramsay, who lived in Kensington Place

Commemorating famous residents

By Gabrielle Villermet, NLCA representative on the Commemorative Plaques Panel

I have been representing NLCA on the Commemorative Plaques Panel. This Panel is made up of representatives from Brighton & Hove's 'amenity' societies, local historians, media representatives and conservation officers. The Head of Tourism at Brighton & Hove City Council is Secretary to the Panel. The Council has a small budget which is about enough to fund one new or replacement/restored plaque per year.

C A Busby

Since the Panel was formed, the first plaque funded by the Council (with a contribution from the Lansdowne Area Residents Association) was to the Regency architect C A Busby and is on the front of No 2 Lansdowne Place.

Gideon Mantell and King William IV

Money has also been allocated to restore the plaque to palaeontologist Gideon Mantell, credited with having discovered th iguanadon, at No 20 Old Steine, and the plaque commemorating the visit of King William IV and Queen Adelaide has been returned to the restored Royal York building (now the Royal York hotel).

Private subscriptions are welcome and we in North Laine will benefit from three of these so far.

Dame Anita Roddick

The first commemorative plaque to be unveiled in North Laine was to Dame Anita Roddick. It has been mounted on the site of her first Body Shop in Kensington Gardens and was funded by Vida Zandnia, friend and former colleague of Dame Anita.

Peggy Ramsay

The next plaque to be installed in North Laine will be to Peggy Ramsay, who had a house in Kensington Place, and is being sponsored by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Peggy was a highly respected theatrical agent, particularly known for promoting the works of playwrights such as Alan Ayckbourn, Robert Bolt, David Hare, Eugene Ionesco, Joe Orton, Alan Plater, Stephen Poliakoff and J B Priestley.

Tom Sayers

A plaque to Tom Sayers, the famous boxer, is currently being cast. This one will not be the traditional blue ceramic but a bronze. Tom Sayers was born in Pimlico, roughly where Tichborne Street is today. The location of the plaque has not been finally decided but it will probably be in North Road. This plaque will be paid for by the British ex-Boxers Association.

Admiral Sir Edward Codrington

The next City-funded plaque will be in Western Road to Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, the hero of the Battle of Navarino. This one is partly sponsored by the Greek community of Brighton & Hove.

Suggestions for new plaques are always welcome. We already have a list of about 40, so any new ones accompanied fully or partly by private subscriptions will probably be dealt with sooner!

Any suggestions can be sent via:

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 196, January/February 2009]

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