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Hall, Benjamin: Letter [1864]

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 242
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Hall, Benjamin: Letter [1864]
Date(s): [1864]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Hall | Benjamin | 1802-1867 | 1st Baron Llanover | politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Benjamin Hall was born in London in 1802 of Welsh parents and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford. He served as Whig MP for Monmouth for several years in the 1830s before being elected Liberal MP for Marylebone in 1837. He became a baronet in 1838 and entered the House of Lords as Baron Llanover in 1859. He also spent periods serving as as president of the General Board of Health, as Chief Commissioner of works, and as Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. Hall's wife Augusta (née Waddington) was a leading figure in the movement to revive the Welsh language, literature and culture. The Great Bell of Westminster is believed to have been given its nickname 'Big Ben' in his honour. Hall died in 1867.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Benjamin Hall, [1864], comprise a letter to [Frederick G Saunders], Secretary, Great Western Railway Company, complaining about the inadequacy of the current rail facilities and service: '... and the inhabitants of this district will still be shut out from all communication with Bristol'. The journey from London now took 6 hours and 40 minutes: 'I must observe that before the amalgamation was completed we could run up to London in far less time and since the amalgamation the great inconveniences have arisen'.

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Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April 2008

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