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14th June 2020

Cecil Rhodes House

The building much admired named after Cecil Rhodes may be asked to change its name, as a result of a review of names.

Following the Black Lives Matter protests and the toppling of the slave trader Colston’s statue in Bristol, and the Rhodes Must Fall campaign at Oxford University, which called for a statue of Rhodes to be removed. Camden Council has been asked to look into this.
The Rhodes family links to the area stretch back to the mid-18th century when they purchased land then known as ‘Brill Farm’. The area spanned swathes of St Pancras and Mecklenburgh and Brunswick squares in Bloomsbury.

Cecil Rhodes’ grandfather, William, was a churchwarden at St Pancras Old Church. His tomb “and many other members of the family” were buried in the cemetery that is now St Pancras Gardens.

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