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.'. The Bell, Book and Candle .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 23rd January 2011 in london-history | burial-site, horror-stories, old-pubs-w, secret-london
This pub belonged to the Eerie Pub Company chain of horror-themed pubs, but now the Punch Taverns changed the name for Ye Old London.A bell, a book and a candle are the tree items, which are needed for an exorcism to drive out evil spirits from possessed person or place.The Pub claims it sits upon ancient Roman foundations and that, over the years, this site has housed a sanatorium, a church crypt, a workhouse and a debtor's prison.The Pub's gruesome links with suffering and brutality, combined with its spooky designed interior and "graveyard garden", make it an ideal place to stop for a drink....

.'. The Prospect of Whitby Public House .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 29th April 2011 in london-history | old-pubs-w, place-of-execution, river-history
This famous Pub, which was built in the 1520s, in the reign of King Henry VIII, proclaims itself to be the oldest riverside inn and has successfully served patrons during the reigns of 22 different Monarchs.This historic Pub still retains its original 400 years old flagstone floor and boasts a very rare pewter bar top. The Pub has a small garden terrace which overlooks the Thames and a comfortable Riverside lounge, from where there are good views of the River and also of the famous gallows.The Prospect of Whitby was originally named "The Devil's Tavern". As the original name suggests, the Pub had strong associations with sea rovers, sailors, pirates, thieves, sm...

.'. The Spotted Dog .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 14th December 2011 in london-history | old-pubs-w, willesden-green
The 'Spotted Dog' existed by 1762, and was described as "a well accustomed Public House" in 1792.  In the 19th century it was famous for its pleasure gardens and in the 1920s it boasted a dance hall. Although there were some "verie welthie" persons in Willesden in Elizabeth I's reign these were almost certainly only local farmers. The area was entirely rural and the population would have consisted of agricultural labourers.If you ask a taxi Drive to take you to Willesden Green High Road they don't really know. But if you ask them to take you to "The Spotted Dog" they will know. This pub was famous with everyone around London, but during the 1980...

.'. The Magpie and Stump Public House .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 26th January 2011 in london-history | demolished-buildings, old-pubs-w, place-of-execution
This Pub has stood at the corner of Bishops Court for over 300 years. When Newgate Prison stood opposite and public executions took place outsite it, the upper rooms of the Pub, overlooking the street and the gallows below, were rented out to wealthy people, who wanted to watch the public executions.While the lower classes were crammed into the street below, the rich were able to get a good view of the proceedings, while enjoying a "hanging breakfast" for a cost of 10 pounds or more.When the crowd of spectators below stampeded on one occasion, the Pub acted as a temporary hospital for many of the injured. The landlord is said to have collected several cartloads...

.'. Ancient Lights .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 12th March 2012 in london-history |
Around London you can find remains of an old City lost in alleys, mews, streets and pubs, a City that never stops bringing you surprises.Another great find are the few signs which read: 'Ancient Lights'. What does this means???? "Ancient lights" is a colloquialism for the "right to light". The law of Ancient Lights means that any building in England which has been in place for 20 years can put up a notice which reads 'ancient lights' to ensure that the light coming into the building isn't affected by a new building being built too close. It dates from the 13th century, but was updated by the 1832 Prescription Act, and can apply to trees as well as walls...

.'. 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...
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