Sir Charles James Freake - Cromwell Place, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.727 W 000° 10.509
30U E 696082 N 5708707
Quick Description: This Greater London Council blue plaque, to Charles Freake, is attached to a building at the junction of Cromwell Road and Cromwell Place opposite the Natural History Museum.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/16/2015 11:27:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQ1M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

The RBKC website has an article about Charles Freake that tells us:

Freake came from a poor background, his father was a coal merchant and publican from Pimilico, but his skill and force of personality transformed all that. Despite being worth £718,000 at his death he remained proud of his roots and never lost his cockney accent, instead persuading his genteel wife to adopt his way of speaking.

Starting as a carpenter he soon branched into building with help from his father, developing South Eaton Place and Eaton Square. Thanks to his natural business sense and connections with surveyor George Basevi he went on to be described as having “made the neighbourhood of South Kensington, raising it from a neglected suburb…to…a second Belgravia.” The main force behind the Smith’s Charity, his major achievements include the area around Onslow Square, 48-78 Fulham Road, St Jude’s Church, St Paul’s Church, St Peter’s Church and the National Training School for Musicians, which earned him his baronetcy in 1882.

He lived in one of his own houses, 21 Cromwell Road, and it became the social hub for Kensington. Complete with ballroom and theatre, Freake hosted guests at numerous events, including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Greater London Council

Individual Recognized: Sir Charles James Freake

Physical Address:
21 Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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