'ON THIS SITE STOOD THE OLD
RECTORY IN WHICH WAS BORN
THEOLOGIAN & SCHOLAR
FEB. 22ND 1756.
DIED AT HACKNEY, SEP. 9TH 1801.'
Gilbert Wakefield's plaque is a Holbrook Bequest one and is attached to a wall belonging to St Nicholas's Church, where his father George was rector.
Gilbert left the Church of England to become a Unitarian. He was imprisoned for two years in Dorchester for writing a pamphlet in favor of the French Revolution. In 1798 he also published a a very critical reply to the Bishop of Llandaff's call for the raising of taxes.