Birkbeck Road, W3

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This road was laid out sometime around 1870. 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 with plots being bought up for housing around London and named in Birkbeck’s honour.

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