Sybil Mews, N4

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Set in the latter stages of the industrial revolution Sybil, or The Two Nations, is an 1845 novel by Benjamin Disraeli. It tells the story of Charles Egremont, the younger brother of Lord Marney, who goes undercover to investigate the conditions of the lower classes. He visits a number of northern manufacturing towns, where he is confronted with the bitter reality of industrialisation. At Marney Abbey, Egremont meets a working-class radical, Walter Gerard, his daughter Sybil, and Stephen Morley, a radical journalist, who tells him about the division of England into two nations: the rich and the poor. This is one of a cluster of roads named after Disraeli novels, the others are Perth Road, Venetia Road, Tancred Road, Coningsby Road, Endymion Road and Lothair Road. On nearby Lothair Road sits the Beaconsfield Hotel and Pub. The pub was built in 1886, a decade after Disraeli became the first Earl Of Beaconsfield. It is from here that the local roads sourced the inspiration for their names.

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