A guide to London in 1918

Last week one of our many friends stubbled across this little gem of a book in Birmingham. I think the best way to describe it is an olden day lonely planet guide for London. It was published in 1918 by Ward, Lock & Co. who were based at the Foundation and it is the fortieth edition of the book. The book contains maps of the city and a train map as well as over 100 photographs of various landmarks to go and see in London.
The St Bride Foundation is featured in the guide book and at the time it was published it had a general lending and reference library; free to residents and those employed in the Western area of the City. It had the typographical library open to ‘all those interested in printing and the allied trades’; and when referring to the typographical library it decribes it as ‘the most complete in the Kingdom’. It also mentions the classrooms used for printing workshops as well as the baths and swimming pool.


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