Category Archives: Lon_Background Page

London in 1891 (Background Page)

“London in 1891” One of the joys of London is to find a good picture. Of particular interest are pictures from earlier times showing a location that has not changed very much. The Victorians and Edwardians took many fascinating photographs … Continue reading

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City of London, The

Above: One of two symbolic dragons marking the boundary of the City of London at the southern end of London Bridge. This article presents a few thoughts on how the City came into existence and how it became what it … Continue reading

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Greenwich Wharves in the 1960s (Background Page)

Above: Map of the riverfront at Greenwich, showing the approximate position of some of the well-known wharves. At the time of writing, most of them have already changed beyond recognition (Click on image to enlarge to 1280×800). If you like … Continue reading

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Roman Wall (Background Page)

Above: Google map showing the modern City of London Boundary (RED). The overlay (PURPLE) shows the approximate line of the Roman Wall with the 11 gates named (YELLOW). A few other landmarks are also labelled (Click on image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Saxons in London (Background Page)

Above: The Essex Coat of Arms on a footbridge crossing a road in Colchester. The coat of arms shows three seaxes. The Saxons were a Germanic tribe that originally occupied the region which today is the North Sea coast of … Continue reading

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Vikings in London (Background Page)

Above: Viking art on a grave marker which is now on show in the Museum of London. Nearly everyone has heard the term ‘Viking’. Descriptions like ‘marauding invader’, ‘Viking longships’, ‘plunderers’ and many others are almost standard comments when anyone … Continue reading

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Jews in London (Background Page)

Above: A City plaque recording the site of a synagogue in Old Jewry, in the City of London. Britain – and London in particular – has been receiving settlers from around the world for centuries. If we start with the … Continue reading

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Regent’s Canal (Background Page)

Above: An attractive piece of public art near the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, showing a horse that once pulled narrowboats in the 19th century. Running roughly N–S through the centre of England is the Grand Union Canal. Its main … Continue reading

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Grand Surrey Canal (Background Page)

Above: Part of Cary’s map of 1837 showing the route of the canal along with part of the Croydon Canal (Click on image to enlarge to 1280×960). London still has few canals in existence – like the Regent’s Canal in … Continue reading

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Great North Wood (Background Page)

Above: View on a sunny day in the dense woodland – now known as Sydenham Hill Wood – that still remains from a small part of the original Great North Wood. The subject of the Great North Wood relates to … Continue reading

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