Room 19: King Edward’s funeral train plaque

Room 19 contains a huge source of history and information – and indeed is the basis of many of our blog posts – but it is not all about the books. Hanging up by the entrance to the room is a plaque from King Edward VII’s funeral train. The train itself was built in 1909, and took the body of the king from Paddington to Windsor Central Station on 20th May 1910.

Three of these plaques were made but only two were used so there is a chance that our version of the plaque might have been made and then never even used!

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It’s a fascinating artefact, and a wonderful introduction to an incredible room: once you’re through the door of Room 19, 3.5km worth of shelving containing a wealth of print and type history awaits.

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