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Newton, Shakespeare and Darwin

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The Battle Library, originally West End Public Library, was built in 1907-08 by architect F.W. Albury. Above the entrance are three carved busts of Newton, Shakespeare and Darwin, "these names being chosen as perhaps the most distinguished representatives of British science and literature" (Berkshire Chronicle).

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Newton (Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincoln, 1643 - Kensington, 1727), English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian (Wikipedia).
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Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon 1564 - id. 1616), English poet and playwright (Wikipedia).
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Darwin (Shrewsbury 12 February 1809 - Downe 19 April 1882), English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors (Wikipedia)


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Location (N 51°27'27" - W 0°59'57")

Item Code: gbse205; Photograph: 23 March 2019
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