Laurence Binyon Memorial, Lancaster

binyonThis modest memorial plaque is found on the wall of a Georgian townhouse located at No.1 High Street, Lancaster. It commemorates the poet, dramatist and academic Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) who was born here. Binyon is most often known for his poem For the Fallen, which includes the lines:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

After leaving Lancaster to attend school in London, Binyon later worked at the British Museum and embarked on a career that encompassed academic writing and then poetry  and plays. Affected by the carnage of the Great War, he wrote For the Fallen in 1914, a work often recited at Remembrance services.

In an interesting link to the world of architectural lettering and typography, Binyon’s daughter Nicolette (Gray) (1911-1997) was one of the foremost academics and researchers on the subject, publishing several prominent books about the importance and development of lettering.

The plaque appears to have been installed sometime after 1979. If anyone knows the exact date of this I’d be very grateful for the details.

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