Named after Richard Lambert Jones (1783 – August 16, 1863), the energetic Victorian councillor who was behind or involved in many major projects of his era. He was elected as Common Councilman for Cripplegate Without in 1819 at the age of 36 and remained in office until his death 44 years later. During that time he helped establish the Guildhall Library. He was Chairman of the Special Committee appointed by the Corporation of London to rebuild London Bridge. And was appointed chairman of the committee of the Corporation of London and the Mercers’ Company, who had jointly taken on the responsibility of re-erecting the Royal Exchange when it burnt down in 1838. He also presented a report to the Common Council recommending the construction of a viaduct, so traffic could avoid the steep decline from Holborn Hill. This resulted in the Holborn Viaduct.
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