The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 23, 2016

July 23, 1911

Clement Young Sturge (1860 to July 23, 1911) came from distinguished line of Quaker merchants and activists.  He edited his great-grandfather's diary, Diary of John Allen, sometime Brewer of Wapping, 1757–1808, written between February and July 1777. (1905).

Clement Young Sturge, M.A., Oxford, was also a lawyer, and this doubtless assisted him in his responsibilities as a member of the London County Council.  Here is some background on this group:

In January, 1896, the London County Council, on the motion of Sir John Lubbock (now Lord Avebury), directed the General Purposes Committee to consider and report what course the Council should adopt in the case of the contemplated destruction of any building of historic or architectural interest....As a preliminary it was deemed essential that a list, as complete as possible, should be obtained of all such buildings in the county...

The above is from a preface to a list of the buildings. London Survey'd: The Work of the Survey of London 1894-1994 is a modern work by 
Hermione Hobhouse which surveys the surveying (1994).  Therein we find out more about Clement Young Sturge:

Sturge was a somewhat eccentric figure, described by Godfrey, who designed an Italian garden for him in Rodborough Heights, Stroud, as 'immensely corpulent'. He always travelled from Gloucestershire 'with two large cats in baskets....

He sounds like my kind of basket case.

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