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Crosby Hall
[Prospectus. 1832]
Preservation of Crosby Hall.
[London]: [1832].
4 p.; 25.5 cm. (4°)

Drop-head title. The lease on Crosby Hall in Bishopsgate had expired in 1831 when the building, 'the only secular building of magnitude or celebrity within the City of London, that escaped the great fire in 1666', was cleared having been in service as a packer's warehouse since 1778. The building has Shakespearean associations; the text alludes to 'Richard III' and suggests that 'the earliest dramas of Shakspeare' may have been acted there 'under his own superintendence'. Signed by W.T. Copeland, Alderman, Chairman of the committee active in raising funds for its preservation. Includes a list of subscribers signed by 'S.J. Capper, Hon. Sec'. and dated 'Crosby Hall, Dec. 1, 1832.' A committee to oversee the preservation work was formed the following summer (q.v.). The house was dismantled in 1910, the building materials preserved and the interior rebuilt on the Chelsea Embankment in 1926--27.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6268


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