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the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

The late 19th and earlier 20th centuries were the time of greatest British patriotism, representative of a western European culture which almost deified the nation-state, in that it was a cause worth a man giving up his life.  A high value was also placed on individualism (which had started with Romanticism).  This was confirmed by the pride taken in British explorers such as David Livingstone and Scott of the Antarctic.  But the grandeur of town halls shows that nationalism and individualism could coexist with a pride in the town in which a person lived.  >>

In 1896 a replacement Town Hall for Leyton was built next to the first one but more ornate (see the photo to the left).  

Town Hall

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