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Benjamin Franklin House

See two blue plaques celebrating Benjamin Franklin, including one that took a while to find its correct home!


In celebration of London History Day Benjamin Franklin House highlights their two 'blue' plaques!

The first is a large terracotta plate surrounded by a wooden frame. It was commissioned in 1869 by the (Royal) Society of Arts, the originators of what became the popular blue plaque scheme. However, when the time came time to install it, the plaque was accidentally erected on the wrong building, as Craven Street had gone through two rounds of renumbering since the 1730s.

The mistake was discovered too late, after the plaque was cemented tight. The plaque lived on the incorrect house until 1914, when the building was demolished. The plaque was then donated to the London Museum, the forerunner to the Museum of London.

In 2011, the plaque finally made it to its intended location when the Museum of London kindly donated the plaque to Benjamin Franklin House, where it's now on display.

But this is not the only 'blue' plaque to see at Benjamin Franklin House. For in 1914, the London County Council put up a new 'blue' plaque on 36 Craven Street, a bronze tablet of an unusual design trialled by the council at that period.

Benjamin Franklin plaque
Go to 36 Craven Street to see the world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin © Benjamin Franklin House


Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street

Nearest underground stations: London Charing Cross and Embankment

Admission: Box Office is open 10.30am - 5pm every day except Tuesdays. On Monday Architecture Tours run at 12, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Closed to the public on Tuesday. Wednesday through Sunday the Historical Experience runs at 12, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm 

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Graphic silhouette of Big Ben represented in green red and blue. Text reads: London History Day
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