Watercolour of Kensington Vestry Hall by the architect James Broadbridge, 1852

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Watercolour of the Vestry Hall on Kensington High Street

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Watercolour of Kensington Vestry Hall by the architect James Broadbridge, 1852

Many people will recognise this building as it stands immediately opposite the High Street Kensington station. It was built originally as Kensington Vestry Hall in 1852 to the designs of James Broadbridge, Surveyor to the Vestry. Ratepayers complained of excessive extravagance, including gilding railings and chandeliers. Despite this a new and even more splendid Town Hall was built in 1880 and the Central Library was moved into the Vestry Hall in 1889.

Location of original: Cpic0091
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