Monthly Archives: May 2016

Turnmill Street and the Boundary Post

Above: The boundary post in Turnmill Street. The opposite side of the street is Farringdon Underground Station. London is just overflowing with history – some of it being quite well-known but most of it is something only research will discover. … Continue reading

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Rookery Hotel

Above: The three Georgian houses in Cowcross Street that were once shops. They are now part of the hotel. The Rookery Hotel, opened in 1998. It is one of a small chain of boutique hotels in period buildings in London. … Continue reading

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Crossrail Pictures and Videos

Above: Artist’s impression of the new Crossrail trains which will be 200 metres long. The carriages are longer than on other trains with three doors each side of the carriage (instead of the normal two). A very topical subject at … Continue reading

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DLR Pictures and Videos

Above: Its easy to forget that the DLR started with one-carriage trains and brand new stations which only had to be short to accommodate them. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was opened by Queen Elizabeth II during 1987 and its … Continue reading

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London Bridge Staircase

Above: View looking north at the staircase as you approach it from the eastern pavement on London Bridge. Today’s London Bridge is only the third bridge to be built of stone in over eight centuries at this position on the … Continue reading

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Royal Agricultural Hall

Above: The south front of the Royal Agricultural Hall, now known as the Business Design Centre. The foundation stone was laid 1861 for the three acre (1.2 hectare) building, used by the Smithfield Club to house the Smithfield Agricultural Show … Continue reading

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Smithfield Market

Above: View at night of the side of the Victorian market buildings facing the City. The large open space that is still known as Smithfield today was from Norman times in use as a cattle market for the City of … Continue reading

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Castle Tavern, Cowcross Street

Above: The pub on the curve where Cowcross Street joins onto Turnmill Street. A rather elegant pub stands in Cowcross Street, tucked away just north of Smithfield Market. It has a unique story to tell about its past. The earliest … Continue reading

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London Bridge Station Concourse

Above: Artist’s impression of the new station concourse. The platform level will remain but passengers will leave via long escalators. This will mean that the new concourse level will be ‘brought down’ to ground level, with entrances from Tooley Street … Continue reading

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A Lady’s Dress from Stuart Times

Above: The dress on display with a contemporary painting (right) to get some idea of how the dress would look when being worn. This is an unusual article from several points of view. Firstly, talking about a lady’s dress from … Continue reading

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