Tuesday, 14 June 2016

#plaque366 Donald Soper

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

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Following on from AJP Taylor (Sunday) and Mrs Patrick Campbell (yesterday) another more "informal" plaque…

Born in Wandsworth, South London, Donald Soper was a preacher and radical whose public speaking appearances at Tower Hill and Hyde Park Corner drew large crowds. He was a pacifist, teetotaller and a passionate opponent of blood sports. Legend has it that Irish Unionist politician the Reverend Ian Paisley once threw a bible at his head in a disagreement over literal interpretation of the bible.

Famed for ministering to the excluded and the disadvantaged, he asserted that the policies of Margaret Thatcher were inherently incompatible with Christianity. 

You can find his plaque at Tower Hill…

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