Gilbert Keith Chesterton - Warwick Gardens, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.812 W 000° 12.226
30U E 694090 N 5708788
Quick Description: This blue plaque, for Gilbert Keith Chesterton, is on the wall of a house in the pleasant location of Warwick Gardens.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 10:53:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMEMQ3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
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Long Description:

The paintwork around the plaque is peeling off in places but the plaque is in a generally good condition. The plaque reads:

London County Council

1874 - 1936
Poet Novelist
and Critic
lived here

The Spartacus Educational website tells us:

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He was educated at St. Paul's School and Slade Art School. Chesterton lost interest in art and instead began writing articles for newspapers and journals such as The Daily News, The Speaker, The Bookman and the Illustrated London News.

Chesterton's first two books were collections of poetry, The Wild Knight (1900) and Greybeards at Play (1900). This was followed by biographies of Robert Browning (1903), Charles Dickens (1906) and R. L. Stevenson (1907) and the popular novel, The Innocence of Father Brown (1911).

On the outbreak of the First World War, Chesterton was recruited by Charles Masterman, the head of Britain's War Propaganda Bureau (WPB), to help shape public opinion. His work included the writing of two pamphlets, The Barbarism in Berlin (1915) and The Crimes of England (1915) and numerous articles in Britain's newspapers.

In 1922 Chesterton became a Roman Catholic. This influenced the subject matter of his work and he published biographies of St. Francis of Assisi and St Thomas Aquinas. G. K. Chesterton's Collected Poems appeared in 1933 and his Autobiography, just after his death in 1936.


Blue Plaque managing agency: London County Council

Individual Recognized: Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Physical Address:
11 Warwick Gardens
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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