Hilary Mantel Unveils Blue Plaque

Putney Society plaque commemorates Thomas Cromwell

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Hilary Mantel unveiled a Putney Society blue plaque to Thomas Cromwell on Friday 25 October at 3 Brewhouse Lane.

Twice Man-Booker award winner Hilary Mantel unveiled a blue plaque to commemorate the birthplace of Thomas Cromwell in Putney.

Thomas Cromwell, the great-great-great uncle of Oliver Cromwell became chief minister to Henry VIII. He was born around 1485 in the vicinity of Brewhouse Lane and executed at Tower Hill in 1540.

This is the 8th plaque organised by the Putney Society (www.putneysociety.org.uk). Also in attendance were Ben Miles who plays Thomas Cromwell in the forthcoming RSC dramatised production of Hilary Mantel's books, director Jeremy Herrin and other RSC actors.

Following the unveiling Hilary Mantel gave a fascinating talk on Thomas Cromwell and Putney to a packed audience of Putney Society and Wandsworth residents before signing books in St Mary's church, Putney. The reception in the Putney Pantry, sponsored by Chesterton Humberts, was filmed and broadcast by the BBC on News at 10pm that evening.

Ben Miles, Hilary Mantel, director Jeremy Herrin, Putney Society plaque organiser Sue Rolfe

The world premiere stage version of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company Swan Theatre 11 December 2013. Ben Miles, pictured on Hilary's right (from TV sitcom Coupling) will play Thomas Cromwell.

October 31, 2013