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Plaque tribute to Pitt PMs

PUBLISHED: 17:32 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

DESCENDANTS of two former Prime Ministers attended a blue plaque unveiling ceremony and an evensong church service held in their honour. A plaque honouring the former home of William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and the birthplace of William Pitt the

DESCENDANTS of two former Prime Ministers attended a blue plaque unveiling ceremony and an evensong church service held in their honour.

A plaque honouring the former home of William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and the birthplace of William Pitt the Younger was unveiled at the site of their former home, Hayes Place, in Hayes Village, last Thursday.

Descendants of Pitt the Elder attended the ceremony before joining an 18th century-style service at St Mary's the Virgin Church in Hayes led by the Reverend David Graham to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Pitt the Younger.

Entering via the bell tower, as the congregation would have in the 18th century, they were joined by Mayor Douglas Auld, MP Bob Neill and Bromley councillor Anne Manning, who wrote a book about the Pitt family and traced their five descendants.

Mrs Manning described the service as "quite magical", adding that it would be remembered for years to come.

Five times great-grandchild of Pitt the Elder, Christian Molloy, from Dorset, read a lesson from the King James bible.

Dr Francis Roads, director of the London Gallery Quire, led 18th century hymns and music, which included a piece written to mark the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, a reminder of Pitt the Younger's contribution to William Wilberforce's campaign.


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