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Royal Dramatic College Woking home for decayed Thesbians
« on: December 21, 2023, 10:28:18 am »
THE ROYAL DRAMATIC COLLEGE.—Prince Albert has laid the foundation stone of this Institution. It is intended for the benefit of decayed actors and actresses, and is to be erected upon a site of 6 acres of land, situate at the western verge of Woking common, and about a quarter of a mile distant from Woking station, being a free gift from the London Necropolis Company, The building is to be erected after the designs of Mr. W. Webbe, which were adopted after competition with many others. The building, which is in the early Elizabethan style, will contain 20 houses, each accommodating two inmates upon separate flats. At each wing will be a school-house, with playgrounds attached, and in the centre a large hall, with library and sculpture-room. An arcade will be carried along the whole front of the edifice, affording easy communication to the inmates, and a promenade in any weather. The material used will be red brick, with stone dressings.

Cardiff & Merthyr Guardian 16 June 1860
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Re: Royal Dramatic College Woking home for decayed Thesbians
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2023, 10:43:55 am »
. Of all social classes actors are the most social-they only live for society, and like nothing less than being alone; and yet the managers of the retreat for decayed actors and actresses have pitched upon the desert of Woking-common for the site of their cottages, to which the aged and destitute, pensioners of, the Dramatic Fund are exiled, as if they had committed some crime, miles away from a newspaper shop, and hours away from reach of a theatre. Woking-common is very healthy, but nearly as much a solitude as. Salisbury-plain. It is said, too, that the Guild of Literature are about, to build-their cottages for decayed authors near Knebworth, in Hertfordshire, on land of stiff clay, presented by Sir Bulwer Lytton. I cannot help thinking that a mansion in one of the old, unfashionable squares of Bloomsbury, divided into chambers, would be quite as cheap, and much more pleasant. The country, to to an aged and sedentary personage,, smells terribly of rheumatism.

Usk Observer 12 September 1863
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