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#1 radiostar



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:38 PM

Just a quick heads-up: a new blue plaque from English Heritage has been installed on the exterior of 45 Farquhar Road - just a few hundred yards down the road from the CP triangle - to commemorate the actor Leslie Howard who lived there as a child for a few years from about 1907. In his day the CP was still standing and in active use, and the house was opposite the HIgh Level Railway Station which was also in active use (the site of which is now Bowley Lane Rehabilitation Centre, Burntwood Views, and Spinney Gardens). Howard was a successful actor and film-maker and is best remembered for his portrayal in 1940 of Ashley Wilkes in 'Gone With The Wind', alongside Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The plaque was installed in mid-September but without any fanfare or ceremony. It seems that although the actor has family no one could be contacted so an unveiling could be arranged, but also English Heritage (like so many other organisations) are enduring budget cuts which has seen a significant reduction in the programme to install new blue plaque's.


More info online here: http://www.english-h...-leslie-howard/


Leslie Howard died in 1943 when a commercial passenger plane he was aboard was shot down by German fighters as it flew from Lisbon to London. In the years that followed the war the surviving pilots of the squadron that shot down the airliner admitted it was a mistake to have done so. There have since been many myths and conspiracy theories surrounding Howard's death, and allegations he might have been a covert operative working for Britain to convince Spain's General Franco to remain neutral and out of the war, though all this seems to be an enduring 'urban myth' with no evidence to back it up, despite the passage of time.


Howard's blue plaque joins a growing list of blue plaques in our area. There are plaques for Camille Pissarro on Westow Hill, Emile Zola on the Queen's Hotel Church Road, Annie Besant in Colby Road, Marie Stopes in Cintra Park, Earnest Shackleton at the bottom of Westwood Hill, Francis Pettit Smith on Sydenham Hill and of course John Logie Baird in Crescent Wood Road, and a few more slightly wider afield. Prestigious company, indeed!

Edited by radiostar, 15 October 2013 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:36 PM

Thanks for posting radiostar - I love a blue plaque and we have quite a few in the area. :) 


"London's blue plaques scheme, founded in 1866, is believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world and has inspired many other schemes across London, the UK and even further afield.  Run successively by the (Royal) Society of Arts, the London County Council, the Greater London Council, and since 1986, English Heritage, it commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place. 


The scheme is currently closed to new proposals due to restructuring but will re-open for submissions in 2014. Plaques already on the English Heritage shortlist will continue to be erected in 2013 and beyond."