Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Plaque of the Week No.91

You've seen them all over the city: discs, tablets, cameos and plaques commemorating the great and the good of London Town. Every Tuesday we track down a London plaque (Blue or otherwise) and put it centre stage on the London Walks Blog. This week…

Daniel Defoe is well commemorated in Stoke Newington. As well as his plaque – pictured here – there’s the Daniel Defoe Pub and the Robinson Crusoe Gate at the local Clissold Park.

A variety of commemorations for a rich and varied life.

As a writer Defoe he is widely credited with popularizing the novel in England. His CV also boasts periods as a pamphleteer, a spy, a merchant, convict. This last he shares with one of his most famous creations Moll Flanders, who was also an inmate of Newgate Prison.

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