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    Self-help, saving and suburbanisation - the Birkbeck Land and Building Societies, their bank and the London Mechanics’ Institute 1851 – 1911

    Clarke, Richard (2015) Self-help, saving and suburbanisation - the Birkbeck Land and Building Societies, their bank and the London Mechanics’ Institute 1851 – 1911. The London Journal 40 (2), pp. 123-146. ISSN 0305-8034.

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    Abstract

    The Birkbeck Freehold Land and Building Societies were launched in 1851 in the London Mechanics’ Institute, secured its survival, and eventually replaced its premises with the architectural ‘phantasmagoria’ of the Birkbeck Bank. Prior to its collapse in 1911 ‘the Birkbeck’ was a major element in the English property based financial system and contributed significantly to the suburban growth of London. The Institute, Societies and Bank shared a Utilitarian vision of social progress through self-help that was at times hotly contested by the radical champions of the social classes that they were initially formed to assist. Their parallel histories are attested today by ‘Birkbeck’ toponyms (including roads, pubs and a railway station) in the London landscape.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-refereed mss of a paper published in The London Journal, Vol. 40 No. 2, July 2015, pp 123–146. Free access to the published version is available until September 2016 at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/yldn20/40/2
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): ‘Birkbeck Bank’, Utilitarianism, ‘building societies’, self-help, suburbs, capitalism.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Richard Clarke
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 09:52
    Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 00:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15058

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