Named after Sir (Robert) Arthur Arnold (May 28, 1833 – May 20, 1902), who was elected onto the London County Council as an alderman from its creation in 1889 becoming its chairman between 1895 and 1897. As a radical liberal he held the presidency of the Free Land League and was a member of the London Anti-Vivisection Society. In 1868 he became the first editor of The Echo, a Liberal evening paper. Resigning seven years later he went traveling in the Middle East which resulted in the highly acclaimed book Through Persia by Caravan. His name was chosen for this development which was among the first LCC slum clearance programmes.
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