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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

A look around St. Margaret’s Church, Barking
A look around St. Margaret’s Church, Barking

Some 800 years ago, a church was built in the grounds of the existing Barking Abbey and while the Abbey has long since vanished, the church still remains as a cornerstone of Christian worship in the town. The Abbey itself

Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

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. And on Saturday

Tom Cribb’s snobbish memorial in Woolwich
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 vast space with stunning roof.

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

A list of Monarchs by marriage
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
Fantasy Architecture: Restore the Regent Street Colonnade

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 years old — replacing old slums — and the buildings that line it today are themselves only around 100 years old as well.

Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway
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

The world’s oldest surviving wooden church
The world’s oldest surviving wooden church

If I told you that the world’s oldest wooden church is not in a dusty part of Palestine or Ethiopia, but in the green fields of the UK, you might be surprised. Even more so if I pointed out that it is just outside London.

A look around Chipping Ongar Church and Castle
A look around Chipping Ongar Church and Castle

St Martins Church Chipping Ongar Peeking out behind some wonky wooden buildings on Chipping Ongar’s main street is a glimpse of the ancient town church, which is nearly a thousand years old. Built around the time of the Norman Conquest

A bookshop has opened inside the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner
A bookshop has opened inside the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner

Wellington Arch, the huge triumphal pile of stone at Hyde Park Corner has gained a tiny bookshop inside the arch itself – oh, and a new exhibition area upstairs. I doubt many people who casually wander past the huge archway

St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering
St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering

Although I was rudely thwarted in my attempt to visit the Foulness Heritage Centre yesterday (and the church next to it), I was slightly compensated by a look around another its sister church which was on my route between Shoeburyness

A small museum inside a military firing range
A small museum inside a military firing range

Lurking on the eastern most edge of the River Thames sits Foulness Island, a low lying marshy farmland that is also almost entirely controlled by the Ministry of Defence for weapons testing. Rather improbably, sitting in the middle of this

Three heritage events along the Central Line
Three heritage events along the Central Line

A terrestrial alignment of heritage took place on Saturday as I found three heritage related events taking place within a few stops of each other on the Central Line. First stop was also underground related as the Post Office’s overflow