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John Wilton's Music Hall: the handsomest room in Town

Author: Peter Honri
ISBN: 0 86025 883 1


In 1850 John Wilton took over the Albion Saloon-theatre in Grace’s Alley, Wellclose Square, Whitechapel, originally opened in 1839, and established Wilton’s Music Hall that flourished until 1880. Between these years the hall was rebuilt in 1858 and 1877 and refurbished on a number of occasions. ‘John Wilton’s diaries’ of these years tell of the artistes who trod the boards and something of their exploits elsewhere. It also recalls other halls in London and the provinces and their banding together to fight legislation and to improve conditions. After its closure as a music hall, Wilton’s became a mission hall and degenerated into a rag warehouse. It has been rescued from this fate and since 1964 it is being restored as funds allow.

180 pages, 20 photographs, 63 line illustrations, end papers

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