William Henry Perkin Blue Plaque Photo

William Henry Perkin blue plaque - Sir William H. Perkin (1838-1907) discovered mauveine, the world’s first synthetic dyestuff, in 1856. He and his brother Thomas produced mauveine from a factory on this site in 1857, and later alizarin, thus laying the foundations of the organic chemicals industry. This replaces a centenary plaque unveiled by Sir R Robinson in 1957.

William Henry Perkin Blue Plaque Map


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George Bentham Blue Plaque - George Bentham 1800-1884 botanist lived here
Headquarters Of The London Salvage Corps Green Plaque - On this site stood the headquarters of the London Salvage Corps 1907 to 1960
Dorothy Dene Blue Plaque - Dorothy Dene 1859-1899 artist's model and stage actress livd here 1881-1887