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London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2

The huge numbers of dead bodies that were removed from a gravesite behind Euston station to clear it for HS2 are to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery, in Surrey.

A statue of Navigation and a Maypole next to a Cheesegrater

If you wander down a City street, you might spy a grand statue and a modern maypole, next to a giant cheese grater.

TV series looks at the archeology of HS2

When building something big, it usually involves bringing in the archaeologists to check the land first, and there’s not much bigger than HS2 for historical discoveries.

The St Lawrence Jewry memorial drinking fountain

A grand Victorian drinking fountain sits next to St Paul’s Cathedral, but it wasn’t there originally and only ended up there due to WW2.

The subterranean world of the Charing Cross Collectors Market

Deep underneath Charing Cross station is a small car park, and on Saturdays it’s filled with men buying and selling coins, medals, stamps, and ephemera.

Impulsoria – the Victorian horse powered railway

Imagine if you will in the era of steam locomotives, trains being pulled along by horses, walking on conveyor belts.

Tickets Alert: Virtual tours of disused tube stations

Two disused tube stations that have never been part of the disused tube station tours ware to be part of a new series of virtual video tours from the London Transport Museum.

A lump of old stone in a 1980s office block

A bland and unremarkable office block in Southwark has under a pile of grime a rather odd memorial.

Visit St Bride Church’s ancient crypt and museum

The famous journalist’s church on Fleet Street also contains a museum of over 2,000 years of London history in its crypt.

Demolished mansion house’s cellars in Cranford Park to open to the public

A series of huge vaulted cellars under a demolished mansion house just to the north of Heathrow Airport are to be opened up to the public as part of plans to improve the parklands around them.

Sponsor the Skynet satellite, or the Red Arrows

There’s an opportunity to have your name on a Spitfire plane, or the Skynet satellite, or a jar of sand.

Find Augustus Pugin’s home in central London

Just down the road from the British Museum can be found the former home of Augustus Charles Pugin and his architect son Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin – best known for decorating the Houses of Parliament.

Queen Victoria’s private railway station at Nine Elms

In 1854, a new railway station opened in London, but only the Royal Family was allowed to use it — this was Queen Victoria’s private railway station.

A grand Coat of Arms on a car park

Down a side street in the corner of a shabby entrance to a car park can be found a grand coat of arms. What’s that doing here?

Pox populi: Georgian London as a haven for sexual diseases

The diaries of Georgian Londoners have long suggested the city was a hotbed of vice and sex, but its becoming clearer just how widespread sexual diseases had become.

The myth that Hitler wanted Senate House as a Nazi headquarters

One of the more curious stories that regularly crops up about the University of London’s Senate House is that it was saved from being bombed by Hitler who wanted to use it as a new headquarters for his Nazi government in the UK.

Charlton’s coronation drinking fountain

In the heart of Charlton village is a drinking fountain that arrived a year after the event it commemorates.

Rotherhithe’s Brunel Museum has expansion plans

The Brunel Museum, situated above Brunel’s famous under-river tunnel has announced plans for a major expansion and revamp of the buildings.