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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th October 1936 Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman was born in Lewisham, London.
24th October 1896 Dixon of Dock Green actor Jack Warner was born in Bromley, East London.
24th October 1681 Earl of Shaftesbury accused of high treason in London
24th October 1537 Henry VIII's wife Jane Seymour died after complications with the birth of Edward VI
The New Clapham Library
This is London's most stunning new iconic library.
Location: 91 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7DB
Description: This landmark state-of-the-art library in the heart of Clapham opened its doors in July 2012 at a time when some cash-strapped councils are closing them. Lambeth Council bucked the trend by opening the brand new 6.5 million public library right on Clapham High Street. It didnt cost the public purse anything because it's been paid for by the sale of 136 residential flats that form part of the new 12 storey development.
Open seven days a week, it will house more than 20,000 books, a performance space for use by local community groups, a new medical centre, caf, internet zone and community rooms.
The stunning building features a distinctive spiral design reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum. It's the masterwork of famous London-based architects Studio Egret West.