Site Name: Royal British Institution
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location
Address: Cowper Street, City Road, London. For a current map, Click Here. For an historical map showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here.
Performance Space Description: A description of the Royal British Institution in The Sunday School Magazine (1849) suggested that the venue “possesse[d] an area of about 80 feet by 54 and [was] fitted up with the usual school apparatus” (56). The journal also printed an image of the performance space, which shows a raised dais fronted by a banister and several rows of bench-like seating (see image at right).
Typical Fare: According to the aforementioned article, the Institution was largely used for educational purposes during the early to mid-19th Century. Amongst other things, for instance, it was home to the Tabernacle Sunday School.
The building which would become The Royal British Institution was initially part of a brewery. It was converted into an educational facility in 1813.
Little other information about the venue’s history has yet been found.
Please see the 'Bibliographic Sources' link at right for a complete listing of materials (both primary and secondary) from which the above information was compiled.