Monthly Archives: December 2016

Charing Cross Station in Edwardian Days

Above: Passengers arriving at Charing Cross Station. When was the last time you got off a train at Charing Cross Station and you saw so few passengers on the platform? By the look of the train it was probably made … Continue reading

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Doyle, Arthur Conan

Above: The house in Tenison Road, now in use as flats. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most remembered today for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. In … Continue reading

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Covent Garden at Christmas

Above: Looking east in Charles Fowler’s 1830 neo-classical building bedecked with the Christmas decorations of greenery looking like giant mistletoe. Covent Garden began life as a specially laid out square. The concept was that it would be laid out as … Continue reading

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Boar’s Head Feasting

Above: The original stone sign of the Boar’s Head Tavern, Eastcheap. The stone, dated 1668, must have been made for the exterior wall of the tavern that was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London (1666). When the tavern was … Continue reading

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Boar’s Head Ceremony

Above: The members of the Butchers’ Company assembled outside their hall near Smithfield, ready to march off to Mansion House bearing the decorated Boar’s Head. The Boar’s Head Ceremony has been celebrated in one form or another throughout England for … Continue reading

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Punch Tavern, Fleet Street

Above: Pub sign and street entrance to the Punch Tavern. Wherever there are newspaper reporters you will find that there is pub or a bar not far away. Fleet Street was for many decades the centre of the London newspapers … Continue reading

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Child’s Bank, Fleet Street

Above: The front of the bank in Fleet Street. One of the earliest banks in London is Child’s, which continues its business in Fleet Street to this day. It claims to have origins going back to the 16th century, possibly … Continue reading

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Smithfield on Agas

What is the Agas Map ? The first complete map of Inner London in existence today is a actually not a map but a ‘bird’s eye view’ originally made as a wood-cut about 1561. Only three paper copies of the … Continue reading

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Peterborough Inn

Above: The name of Peterborough Court, inscribed on the stonework of the old Daily Telegraph building. The Inn of the Abbot of Peterborough stood in Fleet Street on a site just west of the junction with Shoe Lane. The abbots … Continue reading

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Cirencester Inn

Above: The name plate is the only reminder of the abbot’s inn. All the bishops (and the two archbishops) of England and Wales had London residences so that, when attending the Court at Westminster during the summer months, they had … Continue reading

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