Henry Pelham - Queen's Walk, London, UK
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N 51° 30.398 W 000° 08.528
30U E 698325 N 5710039
Quick Description: A blue plaque at the rear of 22 Arlington Street and visible from Green Park.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/8/2011 12:35:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMCRT7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member miatabug
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Long Description:
The blue plaque reads:
On the edge:
"English Heritage"
In the centre:
"Henry / Pelham / c 1695 - 1754 / Prime Minister / lived here".

The plaque is on the rear wall of 22 Arlington Street and can be seen from Queen's Walk in Green Park. The plaque is in good condition and is set on a brown, brick wall.

Address and co-ordinates are for the Green Park side of the building.

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Biography

Experience and stability

A loyal follower of Walpole, Pelham served as prime minister for ten years. He brought experience and stability to the role, uniting factions, squashing an attempt to overthrow the King at home, and ending a long-running war with European neighbours.

Pelham came from a political dynasty. The son of a long-serving MP, Pelham’s brother was the Duke of Newcastle, and the two reached the top of the political tree together – Newcastle went on to follow Pelham as prime minister.

Henry Pelham was a Lord of the Treasury under Walpole, and was his close friend and ally. He refused to take over from Walpole in 1742 out of friendship for the fallen prime minister, but took over the office after Wilmington’s death the following year.

One of Pelham’s strengths as prime minister was his ability to unite different political factions.

George II, however, was less keen on Pelham. In 1746 Pelham’s term was briefly interrupted by an initially hostile George II, who wanted to replace him with the Earl of Granville.

But Granville could not command the support of Parliament, and Pelham was reinstated three days later.

Pelham’s premiership saw attempts at social and financial reform, not all of which were successful.

Peace with France

He was successful in ending the War of the Austrian Succession in 1748, achieving peace with France and trade with Spain.

At home Pelham helped to straighten out the national finances, made a doomed attempt to strengthen the rights of Jews, and approved an Act adopting the Gregorian calendar, which moved the beginning of the year from 25 March to 1 January.

Legislation establishing the British Museum was also passed during Pelham’s term. Harrassed and wearied by his duties, Pelham died in office in 1754. He is said to have ‘eaten too much and exercised too little’ and had a succession of illnesses during his life.

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Blue Plaque managing agency: English Heritage

Individual Recognized: Henry Pelham

Physical Address:
Queen's Walk
Green Park
London, United Kingdom


Web Address: [Web Link]

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