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.'. The Blue Plaques .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 17th February 2011 in london-history | blue-plaques
Blue plaques are much part of London as the pigeons. The scheme was founded in 1867 by the Royal Society of Arts but now is passed to the English Heritage who has erected over 300 plaques so far. The sign installed in a public place commemorates a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.In order to be eligible for an English Heritage blue plaque, a figure must have been dead for twenty years or have passed the centenary of their birth. Nominated figures must be considered eminent by a majority of members of their own profession; have made an outstanding contribution to human welfare or happiness; have resided i...

.'. Police Call Box .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 4th February 2011 in london-history | iron-work, police-box
The BBC's perennially popular hero, Doctor Who, journeys through space and time in his TARDIS, a time machine that looks like a blue telephone box. The tardis has now entered British parlance as a synonym for something that appears deceptively small, but contains hidden dephts.A few of theses mysterious blue box have survived on the streets of London, like this ones on the photos from places such as: Postman's Park, Guildhall Yard, outside St Botolph Church in Alddgate, Liverpool Street Station, Aldersgate Street, Victoria Embankment (opposite Middle Temple Lane), the corner of Queen Victoria and Friday Street and on Walbrook (opposite Bucklersbury). Also look o...

.'. Jeremy Bentham .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 29th January 2011 in london-history | blue-plaques, jeremy-bentham, old-pubs-w, secret-london
Known for many years as the "Lord Wellington" it is still frequently referred to as the "Welly Bar" by many of the academics and local residents. Renamed in October 1982 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Jeremy Bentham who is recognized as the spiritual founder of the University College London. The myth that he was the founder is sustained in a bizarre manner by the College.Jeremy Bentham was born in 1748 at Spitalfields, London and was reportedly as a child prodigy, as a toddler he read a multi-volume of the history of England and at the age of three he began to study Latin.He attended Westimenster School and, in 1760 at age 12, was sent by h...

.'. Mystery Clock in the Strand .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 19th January 2012 in london-history | clocks
During the time of Henry VIII a law was passed that all churchs and other official clocks in the city must be painted in blue and gold and, officially at least, that law has never been rescinded, which is why city clocks are still mostly painted in the King's colours.London has numerous highly eccentric clocks - the clock at St. Dusntan's in the West with the giants beating the hours on a bell with their clubs, for example; or Fortnum and Mason's clock outside their famous shop. But perhaps the most bixarre and least known is the Law Court's clocks at Strand.What makes this clock so unusual is that it was built by an iliterate Irishman who only made clocks as a...

.'. Chimney .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 27th September 2017 in london-history |
Tower Bridge is full of hidden secrets, one of them is this lovely Chimney.  At first glance it just looks like one of the blue lamp posts along the Bridge, but this is a chimney connected to a room below that was once used by the Royal Fusiliers protecting the Tower of London.  To keep them warm they used the fireplace inside the guards room during their stay while protecting the Tower.  London Clean Air Act came into force on 1956 after the Great Smog of 1952...and with that many Chimneys lost their use as only smokeless fuel was aloud in urban areas. ...
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