Stoke Newington Literary and Scientific Association
Transferred from Stoke Newington Reference Library, May 1983. Condition of deposit: presumed donation.
Listed: June 1983.
Administrative / biographical background:
The moving light in forming what was originally proposed as photographic and scientific association was Rev J.Cartmell Robinson, Rector of Stoke Newington who felt that 'as the organisations for the needs of the lower classes in the Parish were well advanced, attention might now fairly be claimed by the middle classes'. The Association, founded in 1888, seems to have widened its original proposed brief: a list of talks given in the past made in 1916 shows a preponderance of literary and historical subjects. Local worthies involved included F.W. Baxter and J.R.Spratling, both actively involved in Stoke Newington local history.
The Association continued to meet until 1943, when war-time problems prevented further meetings, and it was not revived after the end of the war.