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Council is itching to get rid of the Bancroft

PUBLISHED: 20:03 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I AM appalled that Tower Hamlets Council is itching to get rid of the Bancroft Archive & History Library building at Mile End. It was the thin end of the wedge when the council sent all those books to Canary Wharf when the public lending library closed.

Dear Editor,

I AM appalled that Tower Hamlets Council is itching to get rid of the Bancroft Archive and History Library building at Mile End. It was always the thin end of the wedge when the council sent all those books to Canary Wharf (when the Bancroft public lending library closed in 2006).

However, there is a lovely painting on the ground floor called 'Sacrifice of Isaac' by Claude Vignon (1593-1670), which they have got no right to get rid of as it belongs to the indigenous people of Stepney. As someone said to me, "It must be worth a few bob."

I wrote this week to David Dickenson, who is on TV a lot in antiques programmes, to ask whether he thinks the painting is trash or treasure.

Anne Smith

Grantley-street, Stepney


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