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It is not difficult to fill a chapter, and it would perhaps not be impossible to fill a book, with quotations over three centuries deploring the state of library provision in London. They begin at the latest in the midseventeenth century and die out if they die out at all no earlier than the...
In 1888 the London County Council was established as the primary local authority for the area now known as Inner London. Twelve years later the parishes within the county were organised into 28 Metropolitan Boroughs which, together with the unchanged City of London, formed the second tier of...
In 1886, Thomas Greenwood had been rightly critical of the lack of public libraries in London. Eight years later, he was able to describe a changed situation. Following further adoptions of the Acts purposebuilt public libraries were to be found at Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell, Chelsea,...
There is no hope for a more efficient library system for London, wrote Frank Pacy, City Librarian of Westminster in the mid1920s, under the present divided management by twentyeight separate entities. Rootandbranch language of this order, implying that the speaker's professional career has been...
LEBENSRAUM The London of Roman times, Elizabethan London, Pepys' London, the London of 1900, the capital of today one after another successive maps in most atlases record the relentless growth of the metropolis over the years. But always the most rapid and sensational growth is seen between 1900...
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