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Looking Down On Old London from  Spitalfields Life

Looking Down On Old London from  Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
But there is also a certain ambivalence to some images, such as those of Horseguards’ Parade and Covent Garden Market, since – as much as they record the vast numbers of people that participated in these elaborate human endeavours, they also reduce the hordes to mere ants and remove the...
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The London Sound Survey featuring London maps, sound recordings, sound maps, local history, London wildlife

The London Sound Survey featuring London maps, sound recordings, sound maps, local history, London wildlife | Historical London | Scoop.it

The London Sound Survey featuring sound maps, London maps, sound recordings, history of London sounds, wildlife, vintage radio actuality, blog and more...

 

FANTASTIC! This has got to be HEARD!

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Such a good place to start with the history of London - listening to its sounds. 
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FANTASTIC! This has got to be HEARD!
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Rodney Holt, Designer & Set Builder | Spitalfields Life

Rodney Holt, Designer & Set Builder | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
At Selfridges, I told them I knew nothing about fashion, so I could not be fashion dresser. I said, ‘I’d like to do all the toy windows and all the gardening windows,’ because those were the things I thought I could be more creative with.
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Maureen Rose, Button Maker | Spitalfields Life

Maureen Rose, Button Maker | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
I was a war baby and my mother had a millinery business in Fulham. She was from Cannon St in Whitechapel and she opened her business at nineteen years old. She got married when she was twenty-one and she ran her business all through the war.
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Peter Minter, Brick Maker | Spitalfields Life

Peter Minter, Brick Maker | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
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The Quest For Grinling Gibbons | Spitalfields Life

The Quest For Grinling Gibbons | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
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Dr Johnson's House 

Dr Johnson's House  | Historical London | Scoop.it


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Lots of interesting events coming up at DJ House this Autumm.
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12 Secrets Of Regent Street

12 Secrets Of Regent Street | Historical London | Scoop.it
Including why it's not straight.
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Lots of fascinating facts about this familiar London street, including this one

"235 Regent Street, now home to the Apple store, was once occupied by Salviati, a glassmaking and mosaic firm hailing from the island of Murano in Venice. In 1898, the company adorned the outside of its Regent Street premises with an intricate mosaic, incorporating two lions and four coats of arms, representing the cities of London and Westminster, and the Venetian islands of Murano and Burano. The mosaics were restored in 1999 and can still be admired today.."
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A great article on Regent Street, also known as "The Mile of Style"

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All Saints Margaret Street

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A guide to the History & architecture of All Saints Margaret Street
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Stumbled upon this church today.

Unusual murals.

Interesting snipoet : Sir Laurence Olivier was a choir boy here which led to  his first acting role as Kate in The Taming Of The Shrew, performed in the church. 

Charles Remy Mackintosh was also a regular visitor.

 

The blackened interior ( due to? clouds of incense over many years? Smog creeping in from the street?) and exterior were restored to their former glory in the 1990s

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The History Of St. James's Park, London, In 1 Minute

The History Of St. James's Park, London, In 1 Minute | Historical London | Scoop.it
Would you ever believe that St. James's Park was once home to camels, crocodiles and pigs? Apparently, this park wasn't always as romantic as it is today.
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Fast facts about a favourite Royal Park.
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Glimpses of London Churches

St Bartholomew the Great - Hear about the origin of St Barts Hospital...
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October 2018
There are many contenders for the title but St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield is definitely one of the most historically atmospheric churches in London. Here is a link to the Church Diary detailing upcomimg events. See it at twilight followed by Evensong? 
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At The Pearlies’ Harvest Festival : Spitalfields Life

At The Pearlies’ Harvest Festival : Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it

"Today I preview the Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival which takes place this year on Sunday 27th September, commencing with high jinks in the Guildhall yard in the City of London from 1:30pm followed by a procession to St Mary-le-Bow."

 

The Gentle Author

2015

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It's that time of year again! Get yourself  to Guildhall Yard (St Paul's tube) for the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival. Sunday September 16. Bring some tinned foods to donate to the Whitechapel Mission. 
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The Night City By W S Graham | Spitalfields Life

The Night City By W S Graham | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
Inspired by W S Graham’s poem, I took a walk through the nocturnal city, following in the poet’s footsteps with my camera to create this photoessay as an homage to Harold Burdekin...
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Looking Down On Old London from  Spitalfields Life

Looking Down On Old London from  Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
But there is also a certain ambivalence to some images, such as those of Horseguards’ Parade and Covent Garden Market, since – as much as they record the vast numbers of people that participated in these elaborate human endeavours, they also reduce the hordes to mere ants and remove the...
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30 Hidden Secrets of Carrie Reichardt’s extraordinary mosaic house in Chiswick

30 Hidden Secrets of Carrie Reichardt’s extraordinary mosaic house in Chiswick | Historical London | Scoop.it
The secrets behind the art on the mosaic house in Chiswick
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Thrown off a train at South Acton recently, due to a fire at Gunnersbury. Found this house , or rather the rear view, whilst lost in deepest suburbia, desperately looking for a bus, a tube, a way out. Stopped me in my tracks. Didn't realise it had such a fascinating history, didn't realise I was viewing it back to front. I had never been to South Acton before, apart from whizzing through on an overground train, on the way to Richmond. What a find. Can't wait to return to view the front and maybe get a glimpse of that mosaic-covered  cab! 
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London’s Lost Department Store of the Swinging Sixties

London’s Lost Department Store of the Swinging Sixties | Historical London | Scoop.it
If you thought that Harvey Nichols or Topshop were the epitome of a London fashion department store, it’s time to re-introduce you to Big Biba, a fallen icon of the Swinging Sixties that redefined the High Street shopping experience...



It all started in 1964, when a small-time mail order busi
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Where Handel & Hendrix Were Neighbours | Spitalfields Life

Where Handel & Hendrix Were Neighbours | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
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The Renewal Of Dennis Severs’ House | Spitalfields Life

The Renewal Of Dennis Severs’ House | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
The House of Dennis Severs
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This has to be one of my favourite London houses - I usually make  my visits on a cold, dark, wintry day near Christmas when the fires are lit and the heady smell of oranges greet me on the stairs leading upstairs - or so it plays out in my memory - that and the sound of horses’  hooves .. so glad to learn it is currently receiving some tender loving restorative care - it’s in such safe hands and that cannot be guaranteed for any building of historical significance in a rapacious climate wanting everything to be about profits and so called progress. Rant over. Long Life to this remarkable house! 
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Misericords At St Katharine’s Precinct | Spitalfields Life

Misericords At St Katharine’s Precinct | Spitalfields Life | Historical London | Scoop.it
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Brompton Cemetery: a breathtaking view on the past | A Peace of London

Brompton Cemetery: a breathtaking view on the past | A Peace of London | Historical London | Scoop.it
Your first sight of Brompton Cemetery's Great Circle of chapel and colonnades will take your breath away.
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A perfect place to explore in Autumn.
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Guildhall librarians “astonished” by Dick Whittington treasures

Guildhall librarians “astonished” by Dick Whittington treasures | Historical London | Scoop.it

"The largest known private collection of items relating to Dick Whittington has been bequeathed to Guildhall Library by Ellery Yale Wood, the prolific children's book collector." 

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London Mithraeum

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London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City.
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Hans Sloane » History

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"While in Jamaica, Hans Sloane was introduced to cocoa as a drink favoured by the local people. He found it ‘nauseous’ but by mixing it with milk made it more palatable. He brought this chocolate recipe back to England where it was manufactured and at first sold by apothecaries as a medicine. Eventually, in the nineteenth century, it was taken up by Messrs Cadbury who manufactured chocolate using Sloane’s recipe."
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Hans Sloane was born in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland. He was responsible for the foundation of the British Museum. He was also the  person  responsible for the introduction of drinking chocolate to 1680s England.
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South London’s Severndroog Castle

South London’s Severndroog Castle | Historical London | Scoop.it

Londonist visits Severndroog Castle


http://londonist.com/2015/05/a-trip-to-londons-least-known-castle



"or is it a castle at all?"


From the archive


"After decades of closure, South London's very own castle is now open to the public again."

 

June 2014

 

 read more here from the excellent London blogger Ian Visits: 

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/28/south-londons-severndroog-castle-to-reopen-to-the-public/

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   Well, we heard about Severdroog exactly two years ago and we still haven't managed to visit this fairytale building. Next time the sun shines. All day. We go.

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May 2015

The Londinist visits Severndroog

 

http://londonist.com/2015/05/a-trip-to-londons-least-known-castle.php

 

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June 2014

 

Opening hours and directions: 

http://www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/

 

twitter  feed https://mobile.twitter.com/Severndroog

 

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The art of the East London Group – in pictures

The art of the East London Group – in pictures | Historical London | Scoop.it
A new exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery celebrates the works of working-class painters from the East End in the 1920s and 1930s
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