Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - The People's Palace

The People's Palace - photograph


The exterior of the People's Palace, with its clock tower in front, presents quite an imposing appearance when seem from across the Mile End Road. Access to the Queen's Hall (shown on the opposite page) is gained through the main entrance in front. To the right are the fine technical and trade workshops, in which the Drapers' Company (whose Master, Sir J.H.Johnson, is Chairman of the Governors of the Palace) take a lively and generous interest. In the glass building to the left are the library and reading-rooms, which are open on Sundays, as well as on weekdays; and still further west, but not seen in our view, is the swimming-bath given by Lord Rosebery. The site cost 22,400. In the course of the year more than a million and a half persons visit the institution.