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Georgian Property under threat

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Georgian Property under threat

Postby admin » Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:51 pm

Dear Civic/Local/Family/History Group/Association/Society, Supporters and Friends of British Heritage,

There is a campaign in Fitzrovia to save a 23o year old Georgian former workhouse which is the last of its kind in central London.

This particular example is typical of the late eighteenth century but is now very rare. We very much hope that you will support this effort, especially as these kinds of crass developments are increasing.

Please forward this petition as widely as possible to your contacts, mailing lists, ezines/bulletins, discussion groups/forums, and social sites. We need to increase the number of signatories as high as possible before presenting it to the government as part of a spot-listing application. If unsuccessful, the petition will continue as a means to lobby Camden Council planning committee.

Petition is here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39594.html

There is space to contribute a comment.

#1092, "As an archivist at the City of Westminster Archives Centre, I know the importance of workhouses in the history of London. I believe that it is important for these buildings from the old St Paul Covent Garden, latterly Strand Union, Workhouse to be preserved as a memorial."

#1232, "My gt gt gt grandmother, Elzabeth Hawley, died at the Strand Workhouse in 1852 aged 43 years and I consider it to be a very important part of London's social history and as such deserves to be saved."

#1375, "My great grandmother and other ancesters saw their last days out here...this could be a fantastic attraction that Americans and other visitors to London would travel miles to see and pay something towards (in its originality)..."

If wondering what to write in the comment box: please indicate that the whole assemblage of buildings, including the later Victorian blocks, must be saved - full restoration would reveal the original beautiful symmetry of the H-block and the evolution of the institution's expansion. These are actually very handsome buildings just in need of some TLC!

Examples of uses of historical campus type sites welcome.

If you represent a group please indicate the name.

You could also include a comment that Camden Council's policies are disgraceful when it comes to preserving heritage.

Thank You!

"Dr. Joseph Rogers - the most active and successful reformer of workhouse medicine of the 19th century - was the workhouse medical officer there in the mid-19th century. Charles Dickens was an active supporter, as was Louisa Twining, the famous medical journal The Lancet, and (behind the scenes) Florence Nightingale."

More information here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 03699.html

General information about workhouses here: www.clevelandstreetworkhouse.org

For information as to how this ridiculous situation was contrived at look to the politics section.

"Following the closure of the Middlesex Hospital (south-west of the Cleveland Street Annexe) complete demolition and redevelopment of the former workhouse has been proposed: the building in the new plans is yet another large development out of character with the surroundings. A planning application has already been submitted and the answer in favour or against is imminent, and so is potentially its demolition.

Time is really upon us all to save this Georgian property: for too long this property has been overlooked and judged only on the basis of its institutional functionality. In reality, its aesthetic is austere and rigorous and yet it sits extremely well in between the elegant neighbouing period properties, and its ties with social and medical history are extraordinary, making of it a London landmark."

Richard Banner
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