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London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 4
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 4

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 4

Although the railway was formally closed down in February, its ghostly echoes lived on as it had left behind a fair amount of detritus to clear up.

Nov
29
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

Despite having apparently surveyed the plans to great detail and being sure that there were no hidden costs to dismay the investors, it wasn't long before unforeseen problems started to crop up.

Nov
28
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

"in its present form the pneumatic system is simply an adaptation of the process of sailing to railway; the wind being produced by steam power and confined within the limits of a tube."

Nov
27
2012
WW2 underground shelter exhibition in Westminster
WW2 underground shelter exhibition in Westminster

WW2 underground shelter exhibition in Westminster

Opened one hundred years ago, Westminster's impressive Methodist Central Hall was one of many buildings commandeered during WW2 for use by military commanders in need of a suitable base near the seat of government.

Nov
26
2012
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways
London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways

In an age of steam locomotives and horse drawn carriages, a group of Victorians tried to build the world's first true tube tunnel railway. A railway that would have also harnessed the power of the atmosphere to propel carriages in a manner that would astound the people of the time.

Nov
26
2012
The ruins of King Edward III’s manor house
The ruins of King Edward III’s manor house

The ruins of King Edward III’s manor house

Next to the riverside in Rotherhithe, you might come across a patch of neatly maintained turf surrounded by modest houses - and poking out of that turf are the remains of an old stone wall.

Nov
25
2012
25 Years Ago
25 Years Ago

25 Years Ago

Nov
18
2012
London Transport during the Blitz
London Transport during the Blitz

London Transport during the Blitz

A short blog post about this quite interesting propaganda film made just as the Blitz was starting, and how doughty Londoners carried on regardless. “Filmed after the start of the Blitz, ‘City Bound’ is an exploration of the daily commute

Nov
15
2012
Egyptian Architecture in London – an Exhibition
Egyptian Architecture in London – an Exhibition

Egyptian Architecture in London – an Exhibition

London is packed full of various lumps of ancient Egypt cluttering up museums who by various means in the past acquired them, so another display in another museum might seem excessive.

Nov
13
2012
England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London
England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London

England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London

If you approach an old church, mainly in towns and villages rather than cities, you might enter the churchyard through a small wooden gate with a pitched roof.

Nov
11
2012
Support a London Museum this Christmas
Support a London Museum this Christmas

Support a London Museum this Christmas

Updated for 2023 here. — I am going to make a suggestion. If you are looking for a present to give someone this Christmas, and you want something that they can use all year round – rather than socks and

Nov
10
2012
Memorial to the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Railway Station
Memorial to the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Railway Station

Memorial to the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Railway Station

Most of the major railway terminus in London have some sort of memorial to the railway staff who died during the two world wars, but Victoria Station has something really rather special hidden away behind the central block of shops.

Nov
09
2012
A rare chance to see Jeremy Bentham out of his box
A rare chance to see Jeremy Bentham out of his box

A rare chance to see Jeremy Bentham out of his box

180 years ago a man died. A very significant man in life, and who was to become a curious icon in death.

Nov
08
2012
Unbuilt London: Victorian plans to encircle London with a Crystalline Railway
Unbuilt London: Victorian plans to encircle London with a Crystalline Railway

Unbuilt London: Victorian plans to encircle London with a Crystalline Railway

Bend your imagination to thoughts of the grandest of grand Victorian visions, and encircle the centre of our Metropolis with a vast crystal snake.

Nov
06
2012

Go inside the Duke of Wellington’s London Home

In a time when politicians were almost exclusively drawn from the landed gentry, it helped prospective Prime Minister's to have a grand London home to entertain and work from, and one such building can be found at number 149 Picadilly.

Nov
05
2012
Two Churches and Two Stations in Bethnal Green
Two Churches and Two Stations in Bethnal Green

Two Churches and Two Stations in Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green sports two Churches with very notable and yet also very different representations of the Stations of the Cross. Both built within 80 years of each other, yet the older is also the younger, thanks to the after effects

Nov
04
2012
Closed for 130 years, the Duke of York column in central London
Closed for 130 years, the Duke of York column in central London

Closed for 130 years, the Duke of York column in central London

In 1834, a tall observation tower was opened to the public near to Trafalgar Square giving people a chance to look down on Pall Mall and overlook St James Park and Whitehall.

Oct
30
2012
Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway
Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway

Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway

Mr Charles Pearson was a City Solicitor, and politician of great ambition for London's railways, but sadly for him at least, very little direct success.

Oct
20
2012
How the first Underground Railway might have run under the West End of London
How the first Underground Railway might have run under the West End of London

How the first Underground Railway might have run under the West End of London

In 1855, a plan was submitted to Parliament for what could have been the first Underground railway under London – with a route that would have pre-dated the eventual Central and Picadilly Lines by some 50 years. The London Railway

Oct
16
2012
A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood
A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood

A lacklustre attempt to tell the story of modern British childhood

A history of how the lives of children has changed since the end of WW2 should be a fantastic nostalia-fest that would appeal to an

Oct
14
2012
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Blackfriars railway station has recently become the first station to span right across the River Thames, with entrances on both sides of the river – but it wasn’t the first time that someone tried to put a railway bridge across

Oct
06
2012
The Victorian gas lamps that sold cups of hot coffee
The Victorian gas lamps that sold cups of hot coffee

The Victorian gas lamps that sold cups of hot coffee

We are all familiar with vending machines dispensing sugary drinks and confections at various locations around our fine city, but did you know that some of the earliest vending machines were built into the bases of gas lamps?

Oct
01
2012
A scale model of Old London Bridge
A scale model of Old London Bridge

A scale model of Old London Bridge

If you are the sort of church that has a long association with a famous bridge, it is possibly not that surprising that you might have a large model of said bridge in your building. Such is the church of

Sep
30
2012
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

The rebuilding of a city office block just behind the Bank of England has opened up an opportunity for the Museum of London to unpack their trowels and tape measures and have a look at what lies beneath.

Sep
21
2012