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An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 16th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 15th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 14th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 13th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 12th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 11th 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

Tower Bridge to get a glass floor

Last week approval was granted for 6 sheets of glass to be sliced into the walkway floor so that people up there can look down as the bridge swings up – getting a pigeon-eyes view of the mechanical motion below.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 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 exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

London Underground’s 150th anniversary – more details released

More details of next years celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground have been released and there are some juicy bits of fun being planned.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 4th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the newspaper during the month of December exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 3rd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the newspaper during the month of December exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 2nd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the newspaper during the month of December exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

The Myth of Canute’s Canal in South London

King Cnut the Great — he of the holding back the tide fame — is also claimed to have constructed what could have been on of the most impressive feats of civil engineering in Saxon England, a vast 4 mile long canal through South London.

An Edwardian Advent Calendar – 1st Dec

This year, I am repeating the calendar – but based on adverts printed in the newspaper during the month of December exactly 100 years ago – in 1912, the Edwardian era.

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 5

Another interesting after-effect of the pneumatic railway was to be felt some 50 years later, during the construction of the Bakerloo Line tube tunnels under the Thames.

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.

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.

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.”

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. The basement though, was also commandeered