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An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 10th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 10th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 10th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
10
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 9th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 9th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 9th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
09
2013
Unbuilt London: A roller-coaster monorail under the streets of London
Unbuilt London: A roller-coaster monorail under the streets of London

Unbuilt London: A roller-coaster monorail under the streets of London

A little over 100 years ago a radical new form of underground railway was proposed -- a monorail of most unusual design, but one that would be designed like an underground roller coaster with sharp declines and ascents between stations.

Dec
08
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 8th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 8th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 8th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
08
2013
20th Anniversary of the Battle of George Green
20th Anniversary of the Battle of George Green

20th Anniversary of the Battle of George Green

On this morning 20 years ago a tree was cut down. Not just any tree mind you by The tree, a tree that gained The definitive article as it became the centre ground for an environmental struggle against a new road building programme.

Dec
07
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 7th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 7th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 7th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
07
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 6th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 6th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 6th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
06
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 5th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 5th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 5th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
05
2013
A marvellous museum of mechanical material manufactory
A marvellous museum of mechanical material manufactory

A marvellous museum of mechanical material manufactory

In darkest South London can be found a remarkable time capsule sitting in an otherwise ordinary industrial building, for to step past the ordinary doors is to enter a Victorian parlour of industrial delights.

Dec
04
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 4th Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 4th Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 4th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
04
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 3rd Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 3rd Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 3rd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
03
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 2nd Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 2nd Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 2nd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
02
2013
100th Anniversary of the Bakerloo Line Extension
100th Anniversary of the Bakerloo Line Extension

100th Anniversary of the Bakerloo Line Extension

One hundred years ago today, the process of linking up the tube railway with the city's main termini was completed with the extension of the Bakerloo Line to Paddington Station.

Dec
01
2013
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 1st Dec
An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 1st Dec

An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 1st Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.

Dec
01
2013
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

On the 9th November 1889, a new public garden was opened just to the south of Oxford Street as part of the clearance of slums and their replacement with social housing for the working classes.

Nov
24
2013
100th anniversary of Merton Bus Garage
100th anniversary of Merton Bus Garage

100th anniversary of Merton Bus Garage

One hundred and two years ago, the London General Omnibus Company stopped using horses to draw its buses around the city, and a couple of years later, opened a brand new bus garage to cope with demand for its petrol based vehicles.

Nov
17
2013
80th anniversary of Northwood Hills tube station
80th anniversary of Northwood Hills tube station

80th anniversary of Northwood Hills tube station

Happy Birthday to Northwood Hills tube station -- 80 years young today. If you use the station, do take time to look in the window of a local restaurant, as you might see a birthday cake in there, as one has been bought by the station staff.

Nov
13
2013
Steam Trains Return to the London Underground
Steam Trains Return to the London Underground

Steam Trains Return to the London Underground

An early Christmas treat -- as on Sunday 8th December, for the first time since 1992 and possibly the last time ever, London Transport Museum will be running steam trains to Uxbridge along the Metropolitan line.

Nov
08
2013
Rare public exhibition inside a 400-year old monastery
Rare public exhibition inside a 400-year old monastery

Rare public exhibition inside a 400-year old monastery

An exhibition has opened that can be looked as either an exhibition worth visiting to learn something, or a chance to go inside a building that has rarely been seen by the general public. Or maybe both?

Nov
03
2013
700th anniversary of the ban on MPs carrying weapons into Parliament
700th anniversary of the ban on MPs carrying weapons into Parliament

700th anniversary of the ban on MPs carrying weapons into Parliament

Exactly 700 years ago, King Edward I banned the wearing of armour or the carrying of weapons into Parliament. That law still exists today, and has never been amended or modified.

Oct
30
2013
The first terrorist attack on the London Underground
The first terrorist attack on the London Underground

The first terrorist attack on the London Underground

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, but it also marks another rather darker anniversary -- today is 130 years since the first terrorist attack on the London Underground.

Oct
30
2013
See the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Central London
See the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Central London

See the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Central London

Fire, a primordial power has long held a certain fascination for mankind. Anything from its ability to heat early caves, and later homes, and then when fire was confined into gas boilers, we still decorate our homes with candles.

Oct
26
2013
200th anniversary of London’s public gas supply
200th anniversary of London’s public gas supply

200th anniversary of London’s public gas supply

Two hundred years ago the first public gas supply was built in London, initially to light the streets, but also to supply some local houses.

Oct
20
2013
An 1863 engraving of the London Bridge railway expansion
An 1863 engraving of the London Bridge railway expansion

An 1863 engraving of the London Bridge railway expansion

In 1863, the railway from Greenwich to London Bridge was extended to Charing Cross, but not without considerable disturbance to the lands it passed through.

Oct
19
2013