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The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party
The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party

The memorial to the founding of the Labour Party

A modern office block in Farringdon has three old metal plaques on the side - for this is the place where the Labour Party was founded.

Nov
19
2020
Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages
Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is an alley that many people pass walking to and from Farringdon station with an alluringly ornate ironwork grill and gate.

Nov
02
2020
London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1

This alley is a result of the dissolution of the Monasteries, as it sits within the lands owned by St Bartholomew's Priory.

May
25
2020
London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1
London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1

London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1

This rather shabby looking car park of an alley is a lingering remnant of a time when the area was filled with old warehouses and factories.

Feb
10
2020
London’s Alleys: Crawford Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Crawford Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: Crawford Passage, EC1

This alley just around the corner from Farringdon Station is the famous one with the weird double yellow lines.

Dec
16
2019
See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home
See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

The Museum of London is set to move soon from its current home into a cluster of semi-derelict Victorian iron and 1960s concrete buildings.

Oct
31
2019
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

This is a fairly wide modern looking alley just off Fleet Street that follows a path which is traceable back to Tudor times.

Apr
08
2019
London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4

That rather unpromising looking alley may be today a facilities route for offices, but its heritage is ancient.

Oct
01
2018
London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1
London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

This short little alley certainly brings home the bacon, as conceals a vast modern courtyard, which was until recently the old Danish Bacon warehouse.

Jul
09
2018
London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1
London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

A fairly steep little passageway that's wide enough to be a road, was originally an extension of Saffron Hill to the south.

Jun
25
2018
London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1
London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

A sanitized road that was once much less posh and an awful lot longer.

Jun
11
2018
London’s Museum of Funeral History
London’s Museum of Funeral History

London’s Museum of Funeral History

A funeral home in Farringdon has recently opened a most unusual museum, of the history of funerals. Not just British, but how humanity entire seeks to commemorate the death of loved ones and noble ones.

Mar
19
2018
Advent Calendar – Day 16
Advent Calendar – Day 16

Advent Calendar – Day 16

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it's of London's old railway stations.

Dec
16
2016
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus

Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus

A giant railway terminus was once planned for central London that would have swept away all the land between Holborn and Farringdon. Obviously never built, its failure indirectly lead to the creation of the London Underground.

May
22
2015
How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built
How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built

How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built

As we edge ever closer to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway which is now just a couple of weeks away, it might be interesting to review of the newspaper reports about how the construction of the railway progressed up to that momentous date.

Dec
28
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
Photos –  The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market
Photos –  The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

Photos – The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

People using Farringdon tube and Thameslink stations will not be unaware that a considerable amount of construction work has been taking place over the past few years, and may know that a lot of work is going to carry on as the Thameslink upgrade is completed, just in time for Crossrail to drill its way through the site.

May
25
2012

One hundred and fourty years of London Underground complaints

I have a small (and slowly growing) collection of old issues of the wondrous Illustrated London News. I originally started collecting them as sources for research, but I actually find they are quite wonderful to read (although sometimes I think

Feb
27
2008