The five Street History Plaques – Seven Dials, Short’s Gardens, Monmouth Street, Mercer Street and Earlham Street – give an overview of the area as well as information about the fascinating history of the specific street, with illustrations. The material is taken from historian Steve Denford’s research which also informs our People’s Plaques project.
Just one of the plaques, Earlham Street, remains available for sponsorship with a minimum support of £1,200 via Gift Aid (individuals) or £1,500 without Gift Aid (corporate).
Sponsorship pays for the plaques and makes a contribution to the Trust’s modest running costs.
The plaques' elegant design complements the area's overall public realm theme – much admired and photographed.
Sponsors' names are inscribed on the plaques.
Shaftesbury PLC has sponsored the Seven Dials plaque; the Mercers' Company has sponsored the plaque for Mercer Street; trustee Anja Saunders has sponsored the plaque for Short's Gardens; and an iconic local business has sponsored the plaque for Monmouth Street. The Earlham Street plaque is still available for sponsorship.
We were delighted to be awarded the London Forum Media Award 2015 (Promoting Local History) for these schemes, which the judges called 'absolutely brilliant and wide ranging'.