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.'. Staples Inn - Holborn .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 21st April 2011 in london-history | iron-work, listed-buildings, weather-vane
Staple Inn is a building on the south side of High Holborn in London, England. Located near Chancery Lane tube station, it is used as the London office of the Institute of Actuaries and is the last surviving Inn of Chancery and is a listed building.It was originally attached to Gray's Inn, which is one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns of Chancery fell into decay in the 19th century. All of them were dissolved, and most were demolished. Staple Inn is the only one that survives largely intact.Staple Inn dates from 1585. The building was once the wool staple, where wool was weighed and taxed. It survived the Great Fire of London, was extensively damaged by a Naz...

.'. St Dunstan-in-the-East .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 6th May 2011 in london-history | church, demolished-buildings, gardens, iron-work, listed-buildings
++ To my Friend Martina Mihalciakova Melkonian ++The original church was built around 1100 in the gothic style, but was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London. Rather than being completely rebuilt, the damaged church was patched up and a steeple, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, added. This was unusual in that Wren designed it in the gothic style to match the old church. There is a story that during a storm someone once hurried to tell Wren that all of his steeples had been damaged. 'Not St. Dunstan's,' he replied confidently. However, by the early 19th century the church was in a very poor state and was rebuilt by David Laing, with assistance by...

.'. 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...

.'. The Licensed Victuallers' Asylum .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 10th October 2011 in london-history | burial-site, listed-buildings, victorian
In 1827 the Licensed Victuallers' Asylum was founded, on six acres of freehold land lying just off the Old Kent Road. It consists of a group of onestoreyed houses, chapel, chaplain's residence, board and court rooms, library, &c., set round two green lawns. The Duke of Sussex was its first patron in 1827, and he was succeeded by the Prince Consort, on whose death the Prince of Wales assumed the office. The idea of establishing an institution wherein the distressed members of the licensed victuallers' trade, and their wives or widows, might be enabled to spend the latter part of their days in peace and quietness, was conceived by the late Mr. Joseph Proud Hod...

.'. Christ Church Greyfriars .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 22nd January 2011 in london-history | demolished-buildings, gardens, horror-stories, listed-buildings, queens-kings, secret-london
The first church on this site was built for Franciscan Friars (Grey Friars) in the 13th Century.After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the church was renamed Christ Church.Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, the Church was rebuilt by Christopher Wren. Unfortunately, it was then left in ruins by bombing in World War II. Today, only the steeple remains. There is a rose garden among the ruins.All seems tranquil and peaceful - but beware, as many restless ghosts are said to frequent this churchyard.The most infamous ghosts to have been seen haunting this area, are said to be those of two beautiful murderesses, who are buried here at Greyfriar...

.'. Somerset Palace .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 26th March 2011 in london-history | burial-site, listed-buildings, palaces, queens-kings
In 1539, Edward Seymour obtained a grant of land at "Chester Place, outside Temple Bar, London" from Henry VIII of England. When the sickly boy-king Edward VI of England came to the throne in 1547, Seymour became Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector.About 1549 he pulled down an old Inn of Chancery and other houses that stood on the site and began to build himself a truly imposing residence, but after a lot of money and in the struggle for power he was overthrown and in 1552 paid with his head on Tower Hill. "Somerset Place" then came into the possession of the Crown and was used by Princess Elizabeth for some years before she was crowned Elizabeth I of England...
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