Tommy Cooper's Former Home Will Get Its Blue Plaque Soon

English Heritage ceremony at the Barrowgate Road house this month


Tommy Cooper in characteristic pose

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English Heritage, as part of their 150th anniversary, will hold the ceremony to unveil a Blue Plaque at Tommy Cooper’s former house in Chiswick soon.

The unveiling will take place in Barrowgate Road on Thursday 12th May at 2.45 pm.

Greg Dyke will speak on behalf of English Heritage and the president of the Tommy Cooper Society will also speak.

Legendary comedian Tommy Cooper was a national treasure and a Chiswick resident for almost 30 years.

English Heritage Blue Plaques decided that Tommy Cooper's connection with Chiswick will be recognised with the distinctive plaque to placed on the front of his former house..

Tommy’s home was in Barrowgate Road, where he lived with wife Gwen - known as Dove - from 1955 until the day he died in 1984 while performing live on TV at Her Majesty's Theatre. He was sixty-three.

Famous for his comedy act as a hapless and incompetent magician, the fez-wearing comedian's catchphrase was "Just Like That!"

Tommy Cooper's former home in Chiswick

The current owners bought the house from Tommy's daughter Vicky about five years ago. An ITV drama, starring David Threlfall which was broadcast in 2014, was partly filmed in the house.

On the weekend of 7-8 May 2016, English Heritage will celebrate the scheme’s 150th anniversary with a Blue Plaques weekend of special tours. It is also launching a new Blue Plaques app which will help people to discover which of the more than 900 blue plaques is closest to them and to plot their own blue plaques tour across the capital.

The scheme was founded in 1866, by the (Royal) Society of Arts, "to increase the public estimation for places which have been the abodes of men who have made England what it is."

April 29, 2016

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