Building    From 1887  To 1954

People's Palace

Proposed by Walter Besant the first People's Palace was built on 5 acres of land on the Mile End Road, starting with the Queen's Hall, opened in 1887. By 1892 a library, swimming pool, gym and winter garden had been added. Entertainment and education were provided and by 1900 the University of London introduced a Bachelor of Science degree. It burnt down in 1931 but the educational sections were quickly rebuilt as Queen Mary College. In 1937 a hall, called the People's Palace, was built and in 1954 was subsumed into QMC.

Queen Marys hold a plan of the original Palace.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
People's Palace

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Baron de Stern clock tower

Ornamental Passions has a photo of the seagull relief and explains that "Time...

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Clement Attlee statue

It's rather disconcerting that the plaque refers to "Queen Mary College" as "...

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People's Palace

The plaque names only 6 relief panels but there are 7, music being represente...

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Other Subjects

Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill

Christian mystic, novelist and pacifist. Born Wolverhampton. 1907 married the barrister Hubert Stuart Moore, whom she had known since childhood, with no issue. Died Hampstead.

Person, Education, Philosophy, Religion

1 memorial
Bedford Charity

Bedford Charity

Created by a gift of land by Sir William Harpur to the corporation of Bedford. A merchant from Bedford he had come to London and done so well that he was Lord Mayor in 1561. The following year he p...

Group, Education

1 memorial
Robert Raikes

Robert Raikes

Promoter of the Sunday School movement. Born and died Gloucester.

Person, Education, Religion

1 memorial
Alice Zimmern

Alice Zimmern

Pioneering advocate for women's education and suffrage.  Born Nottingham.  Studied at Bedford College, and then Girton College, Cambridge.  Taught classics for income and wrote influentially on wom...

Person, Education, Gender Issues

1 memorial
Anna Kendall

Anna Kendall

Headteacher of Christ Church Primary School, 1992 - 2009. The image comes from a 2010 interview.

Person, Children, Education

2 memorials