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HALL, Radclyffe (1880–1943)

Plaque erected in 1992 by English Heritage at 37 Holland Street, Holland Park, London, W8 4LX, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Circular blue plaque to Radclyffe Hall Blue plaque mounted at ground floor level on red brick and white-rendered building

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Novelist, Poet




RADCLYFFE HALL 1880–1943 Novelist and Poet lived here 1924–1929



Radclyffe Hall was a novelist and poet, best-known for her lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness, which was banned shortly after publication in 1928. Hall was living at 37 Holland Street in Holland Park with her partner Una, Lady Troubridge, when the scandal broke.

Black and white portrait photograph of Radclyffe Hall in profile, wearing a suit jacket and a broad-rimmed black hat
The novelist Radclyffe Hall frequently dressed in men’s clothes and was known as ‘John’ to her friends © Russell/Stringer/Getty Images


Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall began her literary career writing verse, but it was her novel The Well of Loneliness (1928), together with her unconventional lifestyle, that gained her notoriety and has since made her an iconic figure.

The Well of Loneliness – the fifth of seven novels written by Hall – is a largely autobiographical work in which a lesbian heroine, Stephen Gordon, searches for fulfilment and acceptance in the post-Victorian age. Its appearance scandalised 1920s society, and the book was quickly banned in Britain. It remained largely unavailable until its republication in 1949.

Black and white photograph of Radclyffe Hall standing next to her partner, Lady Una Troubridge, who is seated
Radclyffe Hall (standing) and her partner Una, Lady Troubridge in about 1927 © Fox Photos/Stringer/Getty Images


Hall – known as ‘John’ to her friends – lived with Una, Lady Troubridge (1887–1963), from 1916 until her death. The couple – both women of considerable means – were inveterate movers-of-house, flitting from flat to flat with remarkable speed.

Number 37 was their home from autumn 1924 until late 1928. Una described it as ‘a charming house’ in which they lived ‘for four years. Something of a record for us, wandering Gentiles that we were.’ It was while living here that Hall wrote The Well of Loneliness, and was besieged by the press and public when the scandal broke following its publication. Number 37 also saw the writing of the less controversial Adam’s Breed (1926), a best-seller. 

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