Building    From 1840  To 1894

Westminster Literary Scientific and Mechanics' Institution

Categories: Literature, Science

In 1856 this building was purchased by the Vestry Council of St Margaret and St John in Westminster to provide premises for a public library as described in the 1855 Public Libraries Act, thus beating other parishes by 30 years.

At its source the image is captioned "The first public library in London, at Great Smith Street (1857)".

The library function of this building was replaced in 1893 by the red brick "Old Westminster Library" on the opposite side of the street and that must be when (c.1894) it was demolished since Church House, which occupies the site now, was, partially, built in 1891 - 1902.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Westminster Literary Scientific and Mechanics' Institution

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Old Westminster Library - foundation stone

Westminster Public Library The united parishes of St Margaret and St John the...

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Will Self

Will Self

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1 memorial
James Hall (writer)

James Hall (writer)

Writer and journalist. James Hall started the campaign to commemorate the first recording studio after he chanced upon it while researching his novel, The Industry Of Human Happiness, set in the ea...

Person, Journalism / Publishing, Literature

1 memorial
Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Writer and collector. Youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole. His gothic novel "The Castle of Otranto"' was published in 1764. But his passion was his gothic creation, his house at Strawberry Hill,...

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5 memorials
Homer

Homer

Ancient Greek poet. Wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey, which date from somewhere in the range 9th - 7th century BC.

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5 memorials
Thomas Park F.S.A.

Thomas Park F.S.A.

"The poetical antiquary", bibliographer and engraver. He published his own verse but mainly he edited historical and literary works. Father of John James Park.

Person, History, Literature, Museums / Libraries

1 memorial