St Pancras New Church
St Pancras Church is a Greek Revival church in St Pancras, built in 1819–22 to the designs of William and Henry William Inwood. It was historically referred to as St Pancras New Church, in order to distinguish it from St Pancras Old Church. The church is on the boundary of Bloomsbury, on the south side of Euston Road, at the corner of Upper Woburn Place. When it was built its west front faced into the south-east corner of Euston Square and it was intended as a new principal church for the parish of St Pancras, which once stretched almost from Oxford Street to Highgate. The original parish church was small ancient building to the north of New Road, with the northwards expansion of London into the area, the population in southern part of the parish grew once more, and a new church was felt necessary. Following the opening of the New Church, the Old Church became a chapel of ease, during the 19th century many further churches were built to serve the burgeoning population of the original parish of St Pancras, and by 1890 it had been divided into 33 ecclesiastical parishes.
The New Church was built primarily to serve the newly built up close to Euston Road. The building of St Pancras church was agreed in 1816, after a competition involving thirty or so tenders, designs by the local architect William Inwood, in collaboration with his son Henry William Inwood, were accepted. The first stone was laid by the Duke of York at a ceremony on 1 July 1819 and it was carved with a Greek inscription, of which the English translation was May the light of the blessed Gospel thus ever illuminate the dark temples of the Heathen. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of London on 7 May 1822, the total cost of the building, including land and furnishings, was £76,679, making it the most expensive church to be built in London since the rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral. It was designed to seat 2,500 people, the church is in a Greek revival style, using the Ionic order. It is built from brick, faced with Portland stone, except for the portico and the tower above the roof, all the external decoration, including the capitals of the columns is of terracotta.
The Inwoods drew on two ancient Greek monuments, the Erechtheum and the Tower of the Winds, both in Athens, for their inspiration, the doorways are closely modelled on those of the Erechtheum, as is the entablature, and much of the other ornamentation. Henry William Inwood was in Athens at the time that the plans for St Pancras were accepted, and brought plaster casts of details of the Erechtheum, the west end follows the basic arrangement of portico and tower established by James Gibbs at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The octagonal domed ceiling of the vestibule is in imitation of the Tower of the Winds, at the east end is an apse, flanked by the churchs most original features, two tribunes designed in imitation of the Erechtheum, with entablatures supported by caryatids. The caryatids are made of terracotta, constructed in sections around cast-iron columns, and were modelled by John Charles Felix Rossi, the upper levels of the tribunes were designed as vestries. Access to the church is through three doorways ranged under the portico, the church has a flat ceiling with an uninterrupted span of 60 feet, and galleries supported on cast-iron columns.
The interior of the apse is in the form of one half of a temple, with six columns, painted to imitate marble
High Commission of Barbados, London
The High Commission of Barbados in London is the diplomatic mission of Barbados in the United Kingdom. In the early 1970s the mission relocated to 6 Upper Belgrave Street, Barbados High Commission remained at that location until the mid 1980s when it moved to its present location at the corner of 1 Great Russell Street in Londons Bloomsbury neighbourhood. The High Commission is maintained by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Barbados, the present High Commissioner is Rev. Guy Hewitt, appointed on October 1,2014, and who replaced Hugh Anthony Arthur. The U. K. division of the Barbados Tourism Authority utilises 263 Tottenham Court Road as its address, in October 2012 the Parliament of Barbados voted on a measure to allocate funds to rehabilitate and refurbish the London High Commission building facility. The Barbadian High Commissioner in London is accredited as non-resident Ambassador to, Holy See, South Africa. Since Independence, the following High Commissioners have been accredited to the Court of St.
James, as follows, Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo KCMG, CBE, James Cameron Tudor Algernon Washington Symmonds Dr
Caroline of Brunswick
Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, best known as Caroline of Brunswick, was Queen of the United Kingdom as the wife of King George IV from 29 January 1820 until her death in 1821. She was the Princess of Wales from 1795 to 1820 and her father was the ruler of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in Germany, and her mother, Princess Augusta, was the sister of George III. George and Caroline married the year, and nine months Caroline had a child. Shortly after Charlottes birth and Caroline separated, by 1806, rumours that Caroline had taken lovers and had an illegitimate child led to an investigation into her private life. The dignitaries who led the investigation concluded there was no foundation to the rumours. In 1814, Caroline moved to Italy, where she employed Bartolomeo Pergami as a servant, Pergami soon became Carolines closest companion, and it was widely assumed that they were lovers. In 1817, Caroline was devastated when her daughter Charlotte died in childbirth, she heard the news from a passing courier as George had refused to write and he was determined to divorce Caroline, and set up a second investigation to collect evidence of her adultery.
In 1820, George became king of the United Kingdom and Hanover, George hated her, vowed she would never be the queen, and insisted on a divorce, which she refused. A legal divorce was possible but difficult to obtain, Caroline returned to Britain to assert her position as queen. She was wildly popular with the British populace, who sympathized with her, in July 1821, Caroline was barred from the coronation on the orders of her husband. She fell ill in London and died three weeks later, her funeral procession passed through London on its way to her native Brunswick, Caroline was born as Princess of Brunswick, with the courtesy title of Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel on 17 May 1768 at Braunschweig in Germany. She was the daughter of Charles William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Caroline was brought up in a difficult family situation. She was educated by governesses, but the subject in which she was given a high education was music. From 1783 until 1791 Countess Eleonore von Münster was her governess, and won her affection, Caroline could understand English and French, but her father admitted that she was lacking in education.
John Stanley, Lord Stanley of Alderley, saw her in 1781, in 1784, she was described as a beauty, and two years later, Mirabeau described her as most amiable, playful and handsome. Caroline was brought up with a degree of seclusion from contact with the opposite sex even for her own time. She was reportedly constantly supervised by her governess and elder ladies, restricted to her room when the family was entertaining guests and she was normally refused permission to attend balls and court functions, and when allowed, she was forbidden to dance. Abbé Baron commented during the winter of 1789–90, She is supervised with the greatest severity, I doubt if the torches of hymen will illuminate for her
The Foundling Museum in London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britains first home for abandoned children. The museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Art Collection as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, after a major building refurbishment it reopened to the public in June 2004. The museum examines the work of the Foundling Hospitals founder Thomas Coram, as well as the artist William Hogarth and it illustrates how the Foundling Hospitals charity work for children still carries on today through the child care organisation Coram. It is a member of The London Museums of Health & Medicine group, in 1926, the hospital’s building in Bloomsbury was sold off, and the children moved to modern premises outside London. The Thomas Coram Foundation built a new headquarters in Brunswick Square, the museums building was refurbished in 2004. The Foundling Museum was set up as a charitable organisation in 1998. Coram owns more than 100 paintings, probably more than £30 million.
To safeguard the collection, a deal was agreed in 2002 under which Coram lent the pictures to the museum, in 2012, it had 48,000 visitors. These paintings and sculptures, often donated by the themselves, were given in order to support this Britains first home for abandoned children. These works effectively made the Foundling Hospital the nations first art gallery available to the public, the museum lets the visitor see furniture and other items from the days when the Foundling Hospital still accepted abandoned children to be reared and educated within its walls. Foundling tokens were given by mothers leaving their babies, allowing the Foundling Hospital to match a mother with her child should she ever come back to claim it. Sadly, the majority of the children never saw their mothers again. The Committee Room, one of the original interiors, is the room where mothers intending to leave their babies would be interviewed for suitability. The Picture Gallery is another original interior room, on the walls are paintings of governors and hospital officials through the ages.
These portraits include Allan Ramsay’s portrait of Dr Richard Mead, Reynolds’s portrait of the Earl of Dartmouth, the Court Room is where the Foundling Hospital’s Court of Governors used to meet. The room is an ensemble of paintings and interior architecture. The ceiling is a work by William Wilton and paintings include Hogarth’s Moses before Pharaoh’s Daughter. The uppermost floor of the Foundling Museum houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an exhibition room presents Handel’s life and visitors can learn about his connection to the Foundling Hospital and see the testament he left behind
Women's Freedom League
The Womens Freedom League was an organisation in the United Kingdom which campaigned for womens suffrage and sexual equality. The group was founded in 1907 by seventy members of the Womens Social and Political Union including Teresa Billington-Greig, Charlotte Despard, Edith How-Martyn, and Margaret Nevinson. They disagreed with Christabel Pankhursts announcement that the WSPUs annual conference was cancelled and it grew to over 4,000 members and published weekly The Vote newspaper from 1909-1933. They continued their pacifism during World War I, supporting the Womens Peace Council, on the outbreak of war, they suspended their campaigns and undertook voluntary work, but in 1916 they restarted their lobbying activities. In the 1918 general election, How-Martyn and Emily Frost Phipps stood unsuccessfully in London constituencies as independent womens rights anti-war candidates and they celebrated the achievement of suffrage and refocussed their activities on equality, including equal pay and equality of morality.
The group declined in membership, but was not dissolved until 1961, after the creation of the Womens Freedom League in 1907, it continued to grow rapidly throughout Great Britain. The league consisted of sixty branches and had four thousand members. The league established its own newspaper called The Vote, members of the League were writers, which led to the production of this newspaper. The Vote became the means of communication with the public, informing the public of campaigns, protests. This newspaper helped spread ideas concerning World War I, allowing for the Womens Freedom League to advocate against the war, members of the League refused to become involved in campaigning efforts led by the British Army. Moreover, members were upset when their women’s suffrage campaign came to a halt while the war was occurring, the Leagues main objective was to criticize and reform the government. The League held protests that advocated pacifism during World War I, not only did the League oppose the war, but they used peaceful forms of protest only such as refusing to complete census forms and not paying taxes.
For example, in 1908 and 1909 the members chained themselves to objects in Parliament in order to protest against the Government. On October 28,1908, three members of the Womens Freedom League, Murial Matters, Violet Tillard, and Helen Fox, the women chained themselves to the grille above a window. Law enforcement had to remove the grille while they were still attached until they could file off the locks that held them connected to the window and this protest became known as the Grille Incident
UCL School of Pharmacy
The UCL School of Pharmacy is the pharmacy school of University College London. The School forms part of UCLs Faculty of Life Sciences and is located in London, the School was founded by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1842 as the College of the Pharmaceutical Society. It was renamed The School of Pharmacy in 1949 when it became independent of the Pharmaceutical Society and was incorporated into the University of London as a constituent college, the School was granted a royal charter in 1952 and merged with UCL in January 2012. The School was founded in 1842 by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the School began offering University of London degrees in 1925 and joined the University as a specialist school in 1949. It received a Royal Charter in 1952, to its alumni and colleagues in the profession it is known as the Square, which refers to the fact that it was originally located in Bloomsbury Square and now in Brunswick Square. It was decided on 13 May 2011, after a consultation and development process, the merger was completed on 1 January 2012, and the School was renamed the UCL School of Pharmacy.
The School is organised into four departments, each with one or more associated specialist research centres. The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry is the largest of the Schools departments and its research is focused on cancer, natural products and phytomedicines, molecular neurosciences and biopharmaceutical analysis. The Wellcome Department of Pharmacology is one of the oldest departments of pharmacology in the UK, the Department has played a major role in the development of Pharmacology in the UK and many pharmacologists who trained here are to be found in academies and in industries all over the world. The Departments research focuses on the system, and a wide range of approaches are used to study normal brain function. The Department of Pharmaceutics is home to a range of research activities, such as in Materials Science and Processing. The Departments research in Materials Science and Processing is centred on the properties of materials and their adaptation to optimise processing.
The Microbiology Research Group is well-established, with work focusing mainly in overcoming antibiotic resistance, the Group has been particularly successful in investigating new approaches to the treatment of the ‘superbug’ MRSA. The Department of Practice and Policy focuses upon making the use of safer and more effective through teaching, service. The Departments staff are involved in development and teaching across all four years of the MPharm course. Its student body includes hospital pharmacists studying for a range of Certificate, the School offers a number of Masters Degree programmes, including Drug Discovery, Drug Delivery and Pharmacy Practice, and PhD research degrees. The only undergraduate degree which it offers is the four year MPharm. The School offered BSc degrees in Toxicology and Pharmacology until 2001, in 2010/11 the School had a total research income of £8.13 million
St George's, Bloomsbury
St Georges, Bloomsbury, is a parish church in Bloomsbury, London Borough of Camden, United Kingdom. They appointed Nicholas Hawksmoor, a pupil and former assistant of Sir Christopher Wren, to design and build this church and this was the sixth and last, of his London churches. St Georges was consecrated on 28 January 1730 by Edmund Gibson, the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope was baptised here in 1824. Richard Meux Benson, founder of the first Anglican religious order for men, Society of St John the Evangelist, the funeral of Emily Davison, the suffragette who died when she was hit by the Kings horse during the 1913 Derby, took place here that same year. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia attended a controversial requiem for the dead of the Abyssinian war in 1937, the building reopened fully from October 2006, including a new exhibition on the church and Bloomsbury housed in its undercroft. The land on which the church is built was bought for £1,000 from Lady Russell, the land purchase was the work of Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of the two surveyors appointed by the Commissioners of the 1711 Act.
Unlike others appointed by the Commissioners, Hawksmoor continued to work as a surveyor of the 1711 Act churches until his death in 1736, of the twelve churches completed, he was responsible for designing six, of which St George’s Bloomsbury was the last. His final designs for St George’s, were commissioned and adopted after earlier designs by James Gibbs. The stepped tower is influenced by Pliny the Elders description of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and its statues of fighting lions and unicorns symbolise the recent end of the First Jacobite Rising. The Portico is based on that of the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek, the tower is depicted in William Hogarths well-known engraving Gin Lane. Charles Dickens used St Georges as the setting for The Bloomsbury Christening in Sketches by Boz, the statue of George I was humorously described by Horace Walpole in a rhyme, The church was designated a Grade I listed building on 24 October 1951. Services are held on Monday & Wednesday at 1, 10pm, the church is usually open to visitors from 1, 00pm –4, 00pm every day of the week.
St. Georges runs educational workshops and lectures for schools, families and it hosts events and classes for the local community events. Location St Georges Bloomsbury is located on Bloomsbury Way next door to the Bloomsbury Thistle Hotel. Two minutes walk from the British Museum Hymn A hymn used on St Georges Day begins, A maid in fetters wailing / Her sore and sorry plight / A foul and slimy dragon / A brave, / St George for Merry England / Triumphant echoes ring. Since 1 April 2014 the crypt has housed the Museum of Comedy, the museum focuses on the history of British comedy and includes photos, props and costumes, scripts and videos of British comedic performers and shows. There is a 100-seat performance space, the space was originally renovated and used as an art gallery in the 1990s. Meller, Hugh St. Georges Bloomsbury, a guide to the church
James Burton (property developer)
He conceived and developed the town of St Leonards-on-Sea, now part of Hastings. By the time of his death, he had built over 3000 properties, James financed and built the projects of John Nash around Regent’s Park, most of which were predominantly designed by Jamess son, rather than Nash himself. Such were James Burton’s contributions to the project that the Commissioners of Woods described James, not Nash and he was the father of James Burton, the pioneering Egyptologist. He served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, William Haliburton was the second husband of Mary Foster. They had two children and another who died in infancy, James was christened James Haliburton at Presbyterian Chapel, London. He changed his name to Burton in 1794, between the birth of his child and the birth of his fifth child. They had 7 daughters and 2 sons and Andrew, Burtons father William was descended from John Haliburton, from whom Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet could trace his descent on the maternal side.
He was a cousin of the American judge and author Thomas Chandler Haliburton and thence the lawyer and anthropologist Robert Grant Haliburton and Arthur Lawrence Haliburton, James was educated at a day school in Covent Garden before being privately tutored. In July 1776 he was articled to a surveyor named Dalton, designed by Jamess son, Decimus Burton and built by James. The residence of the Burton family, architectural critic Ian Nairn wrote of the house, If you want a definition of western civilization in a single view, here it is. At 28 years old he made his first proposition to build on the land made available by the Foundling Hospital, in 1792 he asked the Foundling Governors for an option on the whole of Brunswick Square. They were cautious and refused, not knowing the capacity of this man and he was given a bit of the south side and part of Guildford Street. Burton rapidly added to site by site until most of the western property was under his control. In 1800 he bought the Duke of Bedfords London mansion, Bedford House and he went on to build the south side of Russell Square.
He exhibited a view of houses in the Royal Academy Exhibition 1800. Here he built Burton Street and Burton Crescent including the villa Tavistock House for himself on ground now occupied by the British Medical Association, here he lived until he moved to The Holme in Regents Park, designed by his son Decimus Burton. Such were James Burton’s contributions to the project that the Commissioners of Woods described James, not Nash, Decimus emerged as the dominant force in the design of Carlton House Terrace. Jamess residences were Tavistock House, the The Holme, and Mabledon House, the family had offices at Spring Gardens, Old Broad-Street, City of London, and Lincolns Inn Fields, where Septimus Burton and William Warwick were solicitors at Lincoln’s Inn
Montagu House, Bloomsbury
Montagu House was a late 17th-century mansion in Great Russell Street in the Bloomsbury district of London, which became the first home of the British Museum. The house was built twice, both times for the same man, Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu. The late 17th century was Bloomsburys most fashionable era, and Montagu purchased a site which is now in the heart of London, admired by contemporaries, it had a central block and two service blocks flanking a large courtyard and featured murals by the Italian artist Antonio Verrio. The French painter Jacques Rousseau contributed wall paintings, in 1686, the house was destroyed by fire. The house was rebuilt to the designs of a little known Frenchman called Pouget. This Montagu House was by some margin the grandest private residence constructed in London in the last two decades of the 17th century. The main façade was of seventeen bays, with a projecting three bay centre and three bay ends, which abutted the service wings of the first mansion. The house was of two storeys, plus basement and a prominent mansard roof with a dome over the centre.
The planning was in the usual French form of the time, Montagu House in Bloomsbury was sold to the Trustees of the British Museum in 1759 and was the home of that institution until it was demolished in the 1840s to make way for larger premises. In fiction, the House appears in Neal Stephensons The Baroque Cycle as Ravenscar House with Daniel Waterhouse as the architect in place of Hooke, howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects David Pearce, Londons Mansions
E. M. Forster
Edward Morgan Forster OM CH, known as E. M. Forster, was an English novelist, short story writer and librettist. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society and his novel A Passage to India brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years, Forster was born into an Anglo-Irish and Welsh middle-class family at 6 Melcombe Place, Dorset Square, London NW1, in a building that no longer exists. He was the child of Alice Clara Lily and Edward Morgan Llewellyn Forster. His name was registered as Henry Morgan Forster, but at his baptism he was accidentally named Edward Morgan Forster. To distinguish him from his father, he was always called Morgan and his father died of tuberculosis on 30 October 1880, before Morgans second birthday. In 1883, Forster and his moved to Rooksnest, near Stevenage. This house served as a model for Howards End, because he had fond memories of his childhood there, among Forsters ancestors were members of the Clapham Sect, a social reform group within the Church of England.
He inherited £8,000 from his paternal great-aunt Marianne Thornton, the money was enough to live on and enabled him to become a writer. He attended Tonbridge School in Kent, as a day boy, the theatre at the school has been named in his honour. At Kings College, between 1897 and 1901, he became a member of a society known as the Apostles. They met in secret, and discussed their work on, many of its members went on to constitute what came to be known as the Bloomsbury Group, of which Forster was a peripheral member in the 1910s and 1920s. There is a recreation of Forsters Cambridge at the beginning of The Longest Journey. The Schlegel sisters of Howards End are based to some degree on Vanessa, after leaving university, he travelled in continental Europe with his mother. They moved to Weybridge, Surrey where he wrote all six of his novels, in 1914, he visited Egypt and India with the classicist Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, by which time he had written all but one of his novels. In the First World War, as an objector, Forster volunteered for the International Red Cross.
Forster spent a spell in India in the early 1920s as the private secretary to Tukojirao III. The Hill of Devi is his account of this period
Connaught Hall, London
Connaught Hall is a fully catered hall of residence owned by the University of London and situated on Tavistock Square, London, UK. The Duke gave the Hall to the University of London in 1928 and it was not until 1961 that Connaught Hall moved out of Torrington Square to its present location in Tavistock Square, a converted Georgian terrace with a Grade II listed façade. Connaught Hall accommodated only men until 2001, when it was changed to a mixed sex hall as part of a review of the intercollegiate halls of residence. For over 90 years, Connaught Hall accommodated only male students, approximately 10% of residents are postgraduates, and about a third are overseas students. Most accommodation is in single study-bedrooms, but there are five rooms for students who prefer to share, every room has a washbasin. Every room has individual telephone and television connections, there are numerous vending machines for soft drinks and snacks, and a small pantry/kitchen on each floor, equipped with a refrigerator and microwave.
The reception desk is open 24 hours a day, Residents are provided with a bedding pack at the start of the academic year. It is residents own responsibility to launder their bed linen, the students rooms are cleaned by the maids once a fortnight, and rubbish bins emptied daily. Communal areas are cleaned every day, Connaught Hall is a fully catered hall of residence. Breakfast is served Monday-Friday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, dinner is served at 6pm daily, each of the intercollegiate halls of residence is managed by a Hall Manager. Every hall has a Warden and a number of student Senior Members and they look after the Halls commercial activities, including conferences, bed & breakfast, and group bookings. Accommodation matters are centralised at the Intercollegiate Halls Accommodation Bureau, the collection of accommodation fees is centralised to the finance office. The Warden is usually a member of academic or academically-related staff elsewhere within the University of London. The current Warden is Adrian Clark, a specialist emergency physician within one of the Universitys teaching hospitals, five student Senior Members – usually postgraduates or mature students – assist the Warden.
Students in Hall are often living away from home for the first time, the Warden is available to offer front-line advice and support for students wrestling with problems such as these. The Warden organises and oversees social events in the Hall, the Warden supervises the elected Residents’ Club Committee, which runs the Hall bar and common rooms, and organises various social and sporting events throughout the year. The Warden is a member of the Facilities Committee, which considers catering, housekeeping, health promotion, the Warden and Senior Members are all trained as fire marshals, most have “first aid appointed person” training. There is a Duty Senior Member on call at nights and weekends to deal with any emergencies while the Bursars Office is closed
London Borough of Camden
The London Borough of Camden /ˈkæmdən/ is a borough in north west London, and forms part of Inner London. The southern reaches of Camden form part of central London, the local authority is Camden London Borough Council. The borough was created in 1965 from the area of the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, and St Pancras. The borough was named after Camden Town, which had gained its name from Charles Pratt, the transcribed diaries of William Copeland Astbury, recently made available, describe Camden and the surrounding areas in great detail from 1829–1848. There are 162 English Heritage blue plaques in the borough of Camden representing the diverse personalities that have lived there. The area is in the part of the city, reaching from Holborn. Neighbouring areas are the City of Westminster and the City of London to the south, Brent to the west and Haringey to the north and Islington to the east. It covers all or part of the N1, N6, N7, N19, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, EC1, WC1, WC2, W1 and it contains parts of central London.
Camden Town Hall is located in Judd Street in St Pancras, Camden London Borough Council was controlled by the Labour Party continuously from 1971 until the 2006 election, when the Liberal Democrats became the largest party. In 2006, two Green Cllrs, Maya de Souza and Adrian Oliver, were elected and were the first Green Party councillors in Camden, Camden was the fourth to last council to drop out of the campaign, doing so in the early hours of 6 June. Borough councillors are elected every four years, between 2006 and 2010 Labour lost two seats to the Liberal Democrats through by-elections, in Kentish Town and Haverstock wards. A Labour Councillor in Haverstock ward defected to the Liberal Democrats in February 2009, at the local elections on 6 May 2010 the Labour party regained full control of Camden council. The new council is made up of 30 Labour,13 Liberal Democrats,10 Conservatives, at the Councils AGM, Labours Nasim Ali took office as Camdens first leader from the Bengali community. Labour Councillor Jonathan Simpson was elected the Mayor of the Borough, the organisations staff are led by the Chief Executive who is currently Mike Cooke.
Each directorate is divided into a number of divisions headed by an assistant director and they in turn are divided into groups which are themselves divided into services. This is a model to most local government in London. Pancras in the south, represented by Labours Keir Starmer, in 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough were already developed and had a total population of 96,795. This continued to rise throughout the 19th century as the district became built up