Dr George Birkbeck (January 10, 1776 – December 1, 1841) was a physician and a pioneer of adult education. Francis Ravenscroft who admired Birkbeck’s philanthropy set up the Birkbeck Bank and Birkbeck Building Society and it is through these that much of the development across Greater London was financed in the 19thCentury. This particular street, like Perrymans Farm Road and five others around it, is part of the Birkbeck Estate development, set up by Ravenscroft in 1851. It was laid out over land purchased from Perryman’s Farm, shareholders in the building society could then build their own homes in the plots. Though building proceeded slowly, many homes were added much later. This is one of several roads around London that are named in Birkbeck’s honour.
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