Metropolitan Board of Works Office, 1860 [ILN Picture Library]
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Metropolitan Board of Works, Spring-gardens, S.W. Hours 9 till 4 Saturdays, 9 till 2.— The nearest approach to a municipal body in London outside the City. Great public works, such as the main drainage scheme, the embankments, the making of important new thoroughfares, &c., are entrusted to the Board; and a host of minor duties, involving much work for the members and heavy charges on the ratepayers, also devolve upon them. NEAREST Railway Stations, Charing-cross (S. E. and Dist.) ; Omnibus Routes Cockspur-street, Strand, and Whitehall; Cab Rank, Trafalgar-square.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879