One of a cluster of roads in Farnborough that are named after former Prime Ministers and radicals of Georgian and Victorian Britain. William Ewart Gladstone (December 29, 1809 – May 19, 1898) was one of the pre-eminent figures of the High Victorian period. A British statesman and Liberal Party politician his career lasted over 60 years, during which time he served for 12 years as Prime Minister, spread over four terms beginning in 1868 and ending in 1894. Originally a Tory, and serving in Robert Peel’s Government he later joined the Liberals in 1859.
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