Monthly Archives: December 2018

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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London Stone Returns

Above: The stone on display once more beside Cannon Street, within the new stonework. London Stone may have stood in almost the same place for about 2,000 years. All sorts of theories exist about what was special about the stone … Continue reading

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Medieval Skeleton Found Near Bermondsey Wall

Above: Archaeologist working on the skeleton at Chamber’s Wharf. In spite of what you might think, there are still miles of riverbank and other sites near the Thames that have never been investigated by an archaeological team. It was not … Continue reading

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Stow, John and his ‘Survay of London’

Above: Part of the title page of Stow’s book. John Stow, English historian and tailor, (1525–1605) was an interesting man and he lived at an interesting time in the history of England. He lived in the Aldgate (eastern) end of … Continue reading

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