Friday, 17 August 2007

These three blue plaques are all very close to each other at number 3, 7 & 12 Hammersmith Terrace. The terrace itself is architecturally interesting, although they sit on the river like urban town houses, when the houses were built Hammersmith and Chiswick were on the very outskirts of London. You can read more about it at Emery Walkers Site.

Number 3, was the former home of Edward Johnston, Master Caligrapher. Millions of Londoners and visitors to the city see his most famous work every day. Edward Johnston designed the font that London Underground uses across all it's literature and signage he also redesigned the very familiar london underground logo.

Emery Walker lived at Number 7 and worked with Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson at Doves Press (Cobde-Sanderson actually lived in the house first) Emery was also a friend of William Morris, the pioneer of the Arts and crafts movement.

And finally Number12 which was the home of Sir Alan Herbert. He was a politician, playwright, poet and author of more than 50 books. His humor was often aimed at the legislators of the day. He was a great law reformer and successfully campaigned for changes to be made to the law regarding divorce. Up until then for a divorce to be granted one party would have to prove that the other had been adulterous.

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