Plaque for the inspirational Mr Hudson

Author William Henry Hudson, who lived in Bayswater, inspired Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, 23rd 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.

William Henry Hudson. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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.”


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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