Friday, 26 August 2016

#plaque366 W.H Smith

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

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A famous name on the British High Street, W.H Smith has its origins as a bookseller way back in 1792, when it was founded by H.W Smith, who passed the business on to his son (W.H The Elder).

W.H the younger is commemorated in the plaque pictured (located at 12 Hyde Park Street, W2). He joined the family firm in 1846. Smith also rose to become First Lord of the Treasury in The Marquess of Salisbury’s government. He is also credited with being the first man to go into print with the theory that Francis Bacon was the true author of the plays of William Shakespeare.

W.H Smith is the oldest chain store in the world.

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