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Tom Cribb’s snobbish memorial in Woolwich

If you were wandering through a churchyard in Woolwich, you might spy a rather aloof, snobbish even, memorial stuck in a somewhat overlooked corner behind another building. This noble lion with its nose in the air is the memorial to

A look at a 600 year old “timber cathedral” just outside Heathrow

A tiny shade under 600 years ago, Winchester College needed a new barn to replace an older one on some land it owned just outside what is today Heathrow Airport. Today that barn is still standing, largely intact and has

In Memoriam: Good King Richard – betrayed, maligned, beloved

On this day in the year 1485, King Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth, the last British Monarch to die in battle on English soil. He was also the last king of the House of York and the

The remains of Duffield’s Sluice in Bermondsey

If you were to take a walk along the Thames riverside in Bermondsey, you might come across a slightly run down looking building with an imposing stone plaque on the wall indicating a great heritage. This is an office block

See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt

If you were to visit a certain Church in the City of London and go down into its crypt museum, almost overlooked under the stairs you can find one of the most perfectly preserved tessellated Roman pavements in the City.

Over 300 vintage London Transport posters to go on sale

The posh auction house, Christie’s is holding a sale of over 300 original advertising posters dating from 1913 to 1955. The sale is of posters direct from the archives of London Transport Museum (LTM), so not a private collection built

Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room

There is a hidden marvel at Peckham Rye train station, and it is open to the public on Saturday – the former waiting room. However, this is no mere station waiting room of the sort we might see today, but

A 15th century Clock Tower is fund raising for urgent repairs

There has been a church tower on the banks of the Thames in Fulham for over 600 years ringing out the hours and calls to prayer, and I was given a chance to have a climb up the 15th century

The myth of the King Charles I bust opposite Parliament

A little curiosity is mounted on the outside wall of St Margaret's Church next to Westminster Abbey in the form of a lead bust of King Charles I.

Today marks the 800th Anniversary of the Great Fire of Southwark

Today marks what is possibly the 800th anniversary of the Great Fire of Southwark – which burst forth around the 10th July 1212. The date is difficult to pin down exactly, with reports varying from the 10th to the 12th

Crossrail puts a skeleton on public display

Just for one day though, but Crossrail are holding an exhibition to show off some of the historic items their archaeological team has dug up since surface level digging started. Including a nearly complete skeleton, which is one of many

How Big Ben originally got its Nickname

With the news that the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower, comes the usual speculation about how the huge bell within got its nickname of Big Ben. Curiously, this is an issue that

A list of Monarchs by marriage

One of the many historic modifications of the TV series, The Tudors is that Henry VIII is shown as a comparatively young man when divorcing Catherine of Aragon, when in fact he was in his forties. Likewise, it was not

Fantasy Architecture: Restore the Regent Street Colonnade

An occasional series where I look at something and ponder – what if. Regent Street in central London, while looking very impressive and of a certain age, is a relatively modern street, with a layout that is just under 200

Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

Over the weekend, the inhabitants of Ongar in Essex got extremely excited as the disused railway linking the town to Epping returned to life again – as a steam railway service. The railway built around 150 years ago, and taken

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