Talland House plaque


Great news from St Ives Town Council! In consultation with the Virginia Woolf Society of GB, they have voted unanimously to support the installation of a plaque commemorating Virginia Woolf at Talland House, where she spent the summer months as a child. Thanks are due to VWSGB Executive Council member Maggie Humm for providing St Ives Town Council with much useful and persuasive information, which helped them reach their decision.

Funding details have yet to be agreed. Watch this space!


As reported on the front page of the St Ives Times & Echo on Friday 28 January, there has now been a decision about the plaque’s location. It will be placed on the first-floor level (US: second storey) of the building, on the right-hand side of the east elevation, facing St Ives Bay, for clear visibility. The next stage is to apply for listed building planning consent. There is a proposal under consideration that the Woolf plaque should be the first in a comprehensive black plaque scheme for the St Ives area, with the planning and development process acting as a blueprint for the wider scheme.

St Ives’ connection with other family members – Vanessa Bell, Leslie Stephen and Juia Stephen – also deserves to be celebrated, notes the article. The VWSGB would heartily agree.



The front page of the St Ives Times & Echo, Friday 28 January 2022 (Thanks to Celeste Allen of the St Ives Archive for the image)
























Talland House from Leslie Stephen's album
Talland House from Leslie Stephen’s album, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College
VWSGB members at Talland House
St Ives Study Weekend group outside Talland House, October 2021. Photo courtesy Marielle O’Neill