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.'. Duke of Buckingham - cryptic namesake .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 26th September 2011 in london-history | street-names
GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM's - on the wall of York Place, next to Mc Donalds on the Strand, is a grimy little plaque commemorating the strange street's original name, Of Alley.The second Duke of Buckingham sold york House to developers in 1672, but made it a condition of the sale that his name and the title should be commemorated by George Street, Villiers Street,Duke Street, Of Alley and Buckingham Street (thus spelling out George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham).The streets are still there, though Of Alley was renamed York Place and George Street is now York Buildings.PS: London brings you all the little amazing secrets from the past if you look into it....

.'. Victoria Square .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 9th August 2011 in london-history | boot-scrappers, street-names, victorian
Between Buckingham Palace Road and Lower Grosvenor Place is this cute place called "Victoria Square".Victoria Square was built in 1839 and named after the new queen. Victoria was only 18 when she became queen and there is a statue in the square (mde in 2007) of her at the start of her reign, wearing typical fashions from the time.Despite recent renovations, Victoria Square includes some Victorias features: Coal holes, tiled doorsteps, boot scraper and cast-iron railings. Originally railings were painted in different colours, but many were painted black following the death of Prince Albert, Victoria's husband in 1861. The houses are typical Victorians layout - th...

A. C. Woodrow & Co

Posted by danielemiddleton on 17th January 2012 in coal-holes |
1954 might seem a little late in the day for coalhole plates, but  A. C. Woodrow & Co were still offering them for sale through publications such as Roads and Road Construction. In fact A.C. Woodrow specialised in cast iron castings throughout their history and are one of the most commonly seen names on manhole covers and other street ironware. They seem to have started off in Holborn, London but then moved out to Kent where they were still going strong at least into the 70s, and even now, for all I know. One interesting snippet caught my eye from the Municipal and Public Services Journal of1970 This golf trophy - imaginatively combining the scale model...

.'. 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...

.'. Mystery Solved - Lincoln's Inn .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 17th April 2012 in london-history |
The Gates were erected in 1872.  The side gates have the letters ICRV, which stand for the Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers.  The Inns originally raised a body of troops in 1584 to defend the country against a threatened invasion from Spain. They had various names and in 1859, shortly after the Crimean War, they became the 23rd Middlesex (Inns of Court) Rifle Volunteer Corps.  Lt Col Brewster was the first commandant of the ICRV and his name is on the central panel.  In their current form, their headquarters is to the northeast of the Lincoln's Inn site at 10 Stone Buildings. ...

.'. Unsung Heroes of Tower Bridge.'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 22nd April 2017 in coal-holes |
Discover the unsung heroes who have kept Tower Bridge in motion for over 120 years. From coal stockers to cooks, visiting Tower Bridge and the Victorian Engines will take you back in time and make you feel how history is engraved in every corner of this iconic building.  The new Walk of Fame is my favorite stop now...looking a lot like an old victorian Coalhole the walk shows you names of people who worked at the Bridge directing you to the old victorian Engines. Know more about the People of Tower Bridge....
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