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Title: The Preservation of Crosby Hall, c. 1830-1850
Authors: Sweet, Rosemary H.
First Published: 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Historical Journal, 2015 (Accepted, In press)
Abstract: This article offers a case study of an early preservation campaign to save the remains of the fifteenth-century Crosby Hall in Bishopsgate, London, threatened with demolition in 1830, in a period before the emergence of national bodies dedicated to the preservation of historic monuments. It is an unusual and early example of a successful campaign to save a secular building. The reasons why the Hall’s fate attracted the interest of antiquaries, architects and campaigners are analysed in the context of the emergence of historical awareness of the domestic architecture of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, as well as wider recognition of the importance of this period for the development in Britain’s urban and commercial development. The Hall’s associations with Richard III and other historic figures, including Thomas More and Thomas Gresham, are shown to have been particularly important in generating wider public interest, thereby allowing the campaigners to articulate the importance of the Hall in national terms. The history of Crosby Hall illuminates how a discourse of national heritage emerged from the inherited tradition of eighteenth-century antiquarianism and highlights the importance of the social, professional and familial networks that sustained proactive attempts to preserve the nation’s monuments and antiquities.
ISSN: 0018-246X
eISSN: 1469-5103
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, OUP. All rights reserved. Archived on acceptance in accordance with the Publisher's Open Access Policy, available online at This version may have been revised following peer review but may be subject to further editorial input by Cambridge University Press.
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