Today, Westminster City Council has unveiled a green plaque dedicated to novelist Wilkie Collins on the site where he was born in 1824.
Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, was joined by Faith Clarke, granddaughter of Wilkie, who helped to pull a chord and remove a green curtain covering the plaque at 96 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1W 6XN.
The tribute comes 125 years to the day since the novelist died. He was most famous for writing The Woman in the White and The Moonstone and had a very close relationship with the Marylebone area, where a commemorative walk now exists.
Cllr Robert Davis said: “William Wilkie Collins – known as Wilkie – was born on this site close to two centuries ago.
“He becomes the sixth novelist to be remembered with a Westminster green plaque, following other greats such as Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle.
“He truly embodies exactly the kind of individual I am keen to celebrate – a great talent combined with great character.”
This is the twenty fifth year of Westminster’s green plaque scheme, which has seen over one hundred commemorations dotted across the city.
They give recognition to the diverse range of individuals and organisations who have made a lasting contribution to the City of Westminster. The scheme plays a pivotal role in giving communities access to their history.