Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Stage Coach Arrives at the Inn

Above: ‘Halt at the Inn’ by John Maggs. Some of the most evocative coaching scenes ever painted were by John Charles Maggs (1819-1896). He was born in Bath and lived his whole life there although he travelled to many other … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Coaching Days | Leave a comment

Coaching Inns and Traveller’s Tales

Above: The yard of the Christopher Inn, Borough High Street, at night. Have you ever stayed in a Georgian coaching inn? In order to do that you need to find a small hotel that is still using the original premises. … Continue reading

Posted in 4-Coaching Days | 1 Comment

Driving Livestock in Winter

Above: The decorative sign in Attleborough, in Norfolk. Now that we have all had our Christmas Dinner, did you even consider how the chicken or the turkey arrived on your plate? ‘Simple’ you reply, ‘It was bought in a Sainsbury’s … Continue reading

Posted in /City-Smithfield, 4--Subject | Leave a comment

Campden Hill Square on Christmas Eve

Above: A residential house with candles to be seen at the windows. Campden Hill Square – whose spelling should not be confused with locations in Camden which is another part of London completely – is actually a rectangular piece of … Continue reading

Posted in /Ken-Kensington, 4-Christmas | Leave a comment

Christmas in London

Above: Piccadilly Arcade, decorated for Christmas shoppers. “Reminiscing the Past” Nothing stays the same. That’s for sure. Because the date of Christmas is a fixture, when that time of the year comes around it is a reminder of times past … Continue reading

Posted in /Wes-Piccadilly, 4-Christmas, 4-Reminiscing | 2 Comments

Savoy Theatre and the Fairy Lights

Above: Plaque on the rear wall of the Savoy Theatre. It is to be seen in Carting Lane. The fact that the Savoy Theatre in the Strand became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by … Continue reading

Posted in /Wes-Strand | Leave a comment

Coal Drops Yard

Above: Looking north between the two newly-redeveloped Coal Drops buildings, with their unusual new roof. There is more to do at King’s Cross Station these days than just looking at the shops within the concourse – or even buying a … Continue reading

Posted in /Cam-St Pancras | 2 Comments