TQ3079 : County Hall: Island Block from Westminster Bridge, 1989

taken 30 years ago, near to Lambeth, Great Britain

County Hall: Island Block from Westminster Bridge, 1989
County Hall: Island Block from Westminster Bridge, 1989
After the abolition of the Greater London Council in 1986 work began on transferring and winding up its functions and clearing County Hall of its archives. Its sister body the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), however, remained in existence until 1990, providing education to the twelve inner London Boroughs corresponding in extent to the old London County Council. Many of its officers were based in Island Block, in the middle of the roundabout at the end of Westminster Bridge; by this stage, the only part of the County Hall complex whose offices were still reasonably fully tenanted. The year after this photograph was taken the ILEA was also abolished and shortly afterwards Island Block, never a popular part of the County Hall complex, was demolished and the roundabout replaced by a curving road whose junctions were controlled by traffic lights. When Margaret Thatcher's government proposed abolition of ILEA and demolition of Island Block, it was at first suggested that the Block might be replaced by an inspiring statue; bitter County Hall gossip suggested that Thatcher herself, or the then Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley, would be mounted on a plinth there to commemorate their culling London local government and leaving London uniquely as a major world city split into 33 little bodies without a single unifying authority.

For the same view 27 years later, see TQ3079 : View east off Westminster Bridge.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 13 April, 1989   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 15 May, 2013
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
London  Lambeth 
County (from Tags)
Greater London 
Former (from Tags)
County Hall 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3081 7965 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.0395N 0:7.0092W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3063 7966
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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