Guildhall Library
   On the northern side of the Guildhall, adjoining Basinghall Street, to No. 72 (P.O. Directory). In Bassishaw Ward.
   Erected by the Executors of Richard Whittington.
   Originally it adjoined the Chapel on the south side (S. 276). But the books were taken away by Edward, Duke of Somerset, temp. Ed. VI., and not restored, and the place used as a store house for clothes (277).
   A new room was built 1614 (Strype, ed. 1720, I. iii. 41).
   Present building erected 1870-2. Archt., Sir Horace Jones.
   Art Gallery opened 1886.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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