Peter Murray

In the first of a new series of pieces about London’s local and civic societies, Victor Keegan tells us about Westminster’s very own (and very active) residents’ group.

thorney island, early 1500sThe Thorney Island Society was formed in 1985 when it successfully saved from demolition London’s first public library in Great Smith Street, Westminster. We are named after the island formed by the meeting of the Tyburn and Thames on which Westminster Abbey, the ancient royal palace, Parliament and Westminster School stood. We believe this place is very special. The tiny area covered by Thorney Island arguably contains more “history” than any other comparable space in Britain and maybe anywhere.

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