Toynbee Hall

Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel, was set up by Samuel and Henrietta Barnett in 1884 as part of their efforts for social reform. It housed university students and working men together to break down social barriers and for future leaders to be raised with poverty face to face. It was hoped these experiences would inspire these young men to reform once they had reached positions of power.

Notable residents of the Hall include one of the most significant Prime Ministers of the 20th Century, Clement Atlee, and architect of the welfare state William Beveridge. 

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Toynbee Hall
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These photos represent Henrietta and Samuel Barnett's time in Whitechapel where he was the vicar of St Jude's. Without their experiences of the harsh poverty in the area they may not have been inspired to create the Hampstead Garden Suburb to help alleviate such cramped and poor conditions. 

These are a series of photos from the Archive Trust which display the area we all now know as Hampstead Garden Suburb, before it was ever built.