Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936 poet and story writer lived here 1889-1891

Kipling was first commemorated by the London County Council with a sepia brown plaque in the experimental series in 1940. This, one of perhaps only three plaques erected by the LCC during WWII - the others being a plaque commemorating Thomas Hardy which was erected in March 1940, just before wartime economies precipitated a seven year suspension of the scheme, and a very short lived stone tablet commemorating Lenin which was something of a propaganda stunt. The brown Kipling plaque was so badly weathered by 1957 that it was replaced with this blue roundel.