Hamilton House, Victoria Embankment

From contribution to The Victorian Web by Jacqueline Banerjee:

“Listed Building. 1880, but with a doorway dated 1899. Victoria Embankment, London EC4. This imposing building is in a key location on the Embankment, after the Inns of Court and towards Blackfriars Bridge…It includes No I Temple Avenue, to which it returns — this may be the reason for the two different dates given.

The listing text describes this Grade II listed building as an “[o]rnamented, gabled building in Portland stone. 4 main storeys plus dormers. Doorway dated 1899. Returns to Temple Avenue and Inner Temple Garden.” Architecturally, the building is interesting as an illustration of late-Victorian eclecticism, with just a touch of Arts and Crafts influence in the foliated pattern on the contrasting faience panels, which make such a feature of the fourth storey. The extended chimney stacks and angular gable look forward to the Edwardian period, too.

Hamilton House was home to the Callender Cable and Construction Company, which primarily served the aircraft industry but was also involved in civil engineering…It is mentioned as the company’s address in many journals, such as the Electrical Engineer (Vol. 39 [1907], p.805), otherwise it would be tempting to assume that its present name comes from Archibald Milne Hamilton (1898-1972), the New Zealand-born civil engineer, who patented the Callender-Hamilton bridge system in 1935…Perhaps there was some family connection.”

“Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor of the Victorian Web, took her BA (1st Class) and PhD degrees from King’s College London, where she was joint winner of the Brewer Prize for English Literature at the end of her first year, and won University of London Finals and Postgraduate Studentships for her graduate studies. After holding lectureships in English literature at the Universities of British Columbia, Canada, and Cape Coast, Ghana, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the University Grants Commission in India, which she held at the University of Poona. On returning to England she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Both fellowships involved teaching (at Cambridge, supervisions). Subsequently she became a long-term Visiting Lecturer at Kobe College, Japan, and for many years taught in the graduate school of Konan University as well. During her husband’s sabbatical in England in 1990-91, she was also an honorary faculty member at her alma mater, King’s, giving tutorials and seminars on nineteenth-century literature…

Her publications include Through the Northern Gate: Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, 1718-1901 (Peter Lang, 1996, now available from the publisher as an eBook); Paul Scott (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 1999); Literary Surrey (John Owen Smith, 2005, last updated 2011), George Meredith (Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House/British Council, 2012); (with Patrick Swinden) The Gale Researcher Guide for Englishness and Empire: The Case of Paul Scott (2018); and numerous articles in a wide range of scholarly publications. Among these are The Burney Newsletter, College English, The Dickens Magazine, English, English Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The London Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement and The Victorian Newsletter.

Her most recent articles are “No Coward Soul was Hers,” a review article in the TLS of 24 July 2018 on the lives and afterlives of Emily Brontë, and “Rags and Bones: Ghoulish Tales of Victorian Wrongdoing,” another review in the TLS of 24/31 August 2018. Articles due out later in 2018 are an entry on John Snow in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, ed. Anthony Orum, and “Only Connect: Public Sculpture in Staines-upon-Thames,” a contribution to Sculpting Art History, Essays in Memory of Benedict Read. She has also contributed both fiction and non-fiction on a variety of topics to newspapers and magazines such as The Anglo-Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, This England (mostly in the Literary Landscapes slot), The Weekly Telegraph and Aquila (for the younger age group). She has been contributing to the Victorian Web for about twenty years.

Subjects of invited talks at arts centres, literary institutions and festivals include “A Stretch of the Imagination: The Thames in Literature,” “Mole Valley’s Literary Heritage,” “Richard Jefferies: The Surbiton Years,” “George Meredith’s Talent for Friendship” and “The Hunting of Lewis Carroll and Other Local Authors.” She also gave an inaugural lecture, “Perspectives on the Victorian Architecture of Sliema,” for a new Heritage Association in Malta, and read a paper on “Baron Henri de Triqueti: An Artist of Sensibility and Conviction in Mid-Victorian England” at the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association conference of 2016…She has contributed to a BBC radio programme on Lewis Carroll and a TLS podcast on Emily Brontë, advised programme researchers on such subjects as crime and housing in Victorian England, and provided photographs for a wide range of publications, including an art gallery catalogue and Philip Davies’s splendid English Heritage book, London: Hidden Interiors (Atlantic Publishing, 2012)…”

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