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New plaque for inspirational William Henry Hudson

Author who inspired Ernest Hemingway is commemorated in Bayswater

19 May, 2017 — By Rituja Rao

Cllr Davis, left, with creative director Laura Marino and MD Charlie Baxter of the Alchemi Group, which restored the Leinster Square terrace.

THE life of an author who inspired Ernest Hemingway has been marked with a new green plaque. William Henry Hudson (1841-1922), who lived at 14 Leinster Square, Bayswater, wrote about the English countryside. Hemingway referenced Hudson’s book The Purple Land in his first novel, The Sun Also Rises.

The new plaque at 14 Leinster Square, Bayswater

At the unveiling on Tuesday, Westminster Council’s heritage chief Robert Davis said: “With a town and several other public places in Buenos Aires named after him I am delighted that we here in Westminster can also do our bit to recognise Hudson and his writing.”

Author William Henry Hudson

It is the 119th green plaque put up in Westminster as part of its commemorative scheme. Cllr Davis added: “I am delighted that the green plaque scheme offers Westminster’s diverse community a stake in recognising the heritage and the people and places that have contributed to making Westminster the world class city that it is today.”

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