Gobbets of the week #22

Here are links to the 10 gobbets of London history I liked best this week. It’s been a great week, with much to choose from, and I had to leave out some fascinating articles. Hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I did: 

1. Astonishing detective work and a poignant story brilliantly told: a River Thames mudlarking find brings to life a World War I soldier. 


2. The Blitz families who built a city underground. 

3. Gruesome but absolutely fascinating:  ‘I hung out with Jeremy Bentham’s severed head, and this is what I learned’! 

4. At Billingsgate Roman bathhouse with the Spitalfields Life blog. 


5. Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London. ‘Like walking in to the Crown Jewels’. 

6. In Lambeth, the spectacular Tradescant Tomb: ‘a world of wonders in one closet shut’. 

7. The Regency Sex Trade.

8. The theatres of Regency London.

9. A tour of the Cabbies’ Shelters. 

10. Will it soon again be possible to die ‘from a surfeit of lampreys‘? Seems so, according to the Guardian. 

And finally, thanks to Kitty Pridden for sharing this beautiful picture of the approach to Old London Bridge, which makes a great introduction to my post on ‘Magnus, the Monument and Mice eating Cheese’.  Thanks Kitty!