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.'. Dr. Johnson's House .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 10th February 2011 in london-history | dr-johnson, listed-buildings
London loves Dr. Johnson - it's hard not to be seduced by a man who said: "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sie, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Like most people living in London, Dr Johnson wasn't a native; he was from Midlands city of Lichfield and arrived in London in 1737 aged 28, after a disastrous career as a schoolteacher. He sraped a living for the next  thirty years writting biographies, poetry, essays, pamphlets and parliamentary reports and after nine years of work, Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755, it h...

.'. Cornhill Water Pump .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 9th May 2011 in london-history | iron-work, listed-buildings, secret-london, water-pump
The City of London inside of the square mile has many pumps and wells which have blended in nicely with our modern day buildings. Although they are no longer in use they still have a certain amount of charm and quaintness. Many of these old pumps long ago were a necessity, and large amounts of people I am sure, would have queued along with cattle, to refresh themselves.This water pump standing on Cornhill, was used to water the horses in Victorian times, and was a replacement for the first mechanically pumped public water supply in London. Constructed here in 1582 on the site of an even earlier hand-pump, the mechanism a force pump driven by a water w...

.'. London's Roman Basilica and Forum .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 11th June 2018 in coal-holes |
Originally built in AD70 and then expended in AD90 – 120, London’s Roman basilica was a building unlike any other in Britain. Occupying nearly 2 hectares of land and standing at a height of up to 3 storeys high, this building was larger than the present day St Paul’s Cathedral! The basilica acted a civic centre and housed city administrators, law courts, an assembly hall, the treasury and shrines. At its height it was also the largest building of its type north of the Alps, showing the importance of London within the Roman Empire. The basilica also formed one side of a forum, a huge open-air square that acted as a public meeting place (similar to modern...

.'. London's First Drinking Fountain .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 7th February 2011 in london-history | fountains, listed-buildings
As well as an executian site for heretics and dissidents, Smithfield Meat Market was once a slaughterhouse. The axious herds awaiting the butcher's blade were at least granted a drink of water at the catle trough on West Smithfield.The trough bears the logo of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association, "the only agency for providing free suppliers of water for man and beast in the streets of London", according to early advertisements. The association was established in 1859 by Samuel Gurney, an M.P. alarmed by the insalubrions quality of London's drinking water after Dr. John Snow had identified it as the source of a cholera outbr...

.'. York House Watergate .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 21st September 2011 in london-history | palaces
Last Vestige of a riverside mansion....The enclosure of the Thames within the Embankment in the second half of the 19th century is generally hel to be a miracle of Victorian engineering, giving London a state-of-the-art water system as well as creating more land for building. (See the photo of before).However, it dramatically changed the city's relantionship to the river, and nowhere is this more visible than this watergate in Embankment  Gardens, tucked away beside Charing Cross Station. At first sight, the baroque archway looks like a folly, a gate to nowhere marooned in a small park. In fact, it was once the river entrance to York House, one of the a lin...


Posted by danielemiddleton on 19th January 2011 in london-history | roman-site, secret-london
London is my place in the World. There is always a place to see, a corner to find, a hiding statue or even a Roman Bath in the middle of the City.Walking down my way to the Temple Station I crossed the road, went down the Surrey Steps and at number 5, Strand Lane there it was:THE ROMAN BATH!The first time the bath was even mentioned it was at a book in 1784 by John Pinkerton, describing a 'fine antique bath' in the cellar of a house in 'Norfolk Street in the Strand. Charles Knight wrote in London (1842) of the "Old Roman Spring Bath", at Strand Lane – suggesting that it shared a source with the nearby Holy Well, just north of the site of the church of St C...
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