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Victoria Embankment Dragons

Above: One of a pair of dragons making the entrance into the City on the Victoria Embankment. The 23rd of April is St George’s Day and in recognition of that fact, we shall talk about two special dragon figures in … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Squire

In Chaucer’s group of 29 pilgrims – who spent the night at the Tabard Inn before setting off for Canterbury in the morning – there was a Knight who had with him his son who is described as a Squire. … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Pilgrims – The Knight

Although the Prologue to the ‘Canterbury Tales’ is only a small fraction of the entire work, it is in many ways the most interesting. Because the descriptions of the pilgrims are so vivid, they make you feel that you have … Continue reading

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Thomas a Becket Pub

Above: View of the pub today. The present pub, built in 1898, stands on the site that was once beside the stream mentioned in the ‘Canterbury Tales’ by Geoffrey Chaucer. It is closed at the time of writing and sadly, … Continue reading

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Isle of Dogs in the 1980s

Above: Aerial view looking west across the northern end of the Isle of Dogs. The points of interest are described in the text. If you are a photographer, you will probably have come across a scene and wished that you … Continue reading

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Isle of Dogs Described by Besant

Above: The remaining offices on the large site beside Westferry Road which remain from the days when the land was a shipyard. The Blue Plaque commemorates the fact that the famous ‘Great Eastern’ was constructed on the site. As well … Continue reading

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Isle of Dogs on Rocque

Above: A map showing the Isle of the Dogs by John Rocque, 1746. The places of interest are described in the text. [CLICK ON THE MAP TO ENLARGE] Following the words of the ‘Good Book,’ we can say that ‘In … Continue reading

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