Interior of Roland House in Stepney Green
Interior of Roland House in Stepney Green
Interior of Roland House in Stepney Green
Interior view of a first-floor front room in Roland House, number 29 Stepney Green, Stepney. A wooden panelled room with a fireplace and portrait above. There is a table, chest of drawers and curtain skirted shelves. This Grade II listed building was for many years an important part of scouting in London and the United Kingdom. The House on the Green, as it was known, was home to several scout leaders from groups in east London, a Scout library, a hostel for visitors from the United Kingdom and abroad, the headquarters of a Rover Scout Crew and a Scout shop. Roland House was named after, and became a memorial to, Captain Roland Erasmus Philipps 1890-1916, an early Scout leader who, in his will, left the house to the Scouts of East London. Philipps was appointed Commissioner of Boy Scouts for north east and east London in 1913, wrote several books on scouting, and served as an officer in the British army during World War I, where he was awarded the Military Cross for his actions. He was killed on 7 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Roland House was sold in 1963, generating funds to buy the present Headquarters named the Roland Philipps Scout Centre in Copley Street.
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