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The ruins of King Edward III’s manor house

Next to the riverside in Rotherhithe, you might come across a patch of neatly maintained turf surrounded by modest houses - and poking out of that turf are the remains of an old stone wall.

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London Transport during the Blitz

A short blog post about this quite interesting propaganda film made just as the Blitz was starting, and how doughty Londoners carried on regardless. “Filmed after the start of the Blitz, ‘City Bound’ is an exploration of the daily commute

Egyptian Architecture in London – an Exhibition

London is packed full of various lumps of ancient Egypt cluttering up museums who by various means in the past acquired them, so another display in another museum might seem excessive. However, Egypt has also inspired architects, resulting in quite

England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London

If you approach an old church, mainly in towns and villages rather than cities, you might enter the churchyard through a small wooden gate with a pitched roof. These small gatehouses though have a particularly macabre history, for this is

Support a London Museum this Christmas

I am going to make a suggestion. If you are looking for a present to give someone this Christmas, and you want something that they can use all year round – rather than socks and fragrances… give them a membership

Memorial to the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Railway Station

Most of the major railway terminus in London have some sort of memorial to the railway staff who died during the two world wars, but Victoria Station has something really rather special hidden away behind the central block of shops.

A rare chance to see Jeremy Bentham out of his box

180 years ago a man died. A very significant man in life, and who was to become a curious icon in death. This is Jeremy Bentham, and when he died, his body was dissected in public, then stuffed and put

Unbuilt London: Victorian plans to encircle London with a Crystalline Railway

Bend your imagination to thoughts of the grandest of grand Victorian visions, and encircle the centre of our Metropolis with a vast crystal snake.

Go inside the Duke of Wellington’s London Home

In a time when politicians were almost exclusively drawn from the landed gentry, it helped prospective Prime Minister’s to have a grand London home to entertain and work from, and one such building can be found at number 149 Picadilly.

Two Churches and Two Stations in Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green sports two Churches with very notable and yet also very different representations of the Stations of the Cross. Both built within 80 years of each other, yet the older is also the younger, thanks to the after effects

Closed for 130 years, the public observation tower in central London

In 1834, a tall observation tower was opened to the public near to Trafalgar Square giving people a chance to look down on Pall Mall and overlook St James Park and Whitehall.

When a couple of Harrier Jump Jets landed behind St Pancras Station

In May 1969, the rear of St Pancras railway station saw a most unusual sight, as it became very temporarily an airport. In 1969, the Daily Mail inaugurated the Trans-Atlantic Air Race, which pitted teams on both sides of the

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.

Body Snatchers Invade the Museum of London

In a couple of weeks time, the souls of the dead will roam the land on All Hallows Eve, but they will have to do so without the diligent assistance of the Resurrection Men, who in the early 19th century

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