Gobbets of the week #27

Here are links to the top 10 gobbets of London history we liked this week:

1. Six degrees of Francis Bacon: mapping 16th century social networks.

2. Parliament and Votes for Women


3. How the postcode was invented in London, and some London postcode trivia. 

4. Following the sad death of historian Lisa Jardine, some tributes: (1) the Guardian; (2) apollo magazine; (3) from her BBC producer; (4) another BBC tribute, including links to some of her best ‘Points of View’ eposodes; and (5) her Desert Island Discs. 

5. Exhibition review: E H Shepard at war


 6. St Bart’s Hospital Museum: a hidden gem with a 900 year old story to tell. 

7. Hand-drawn maps of East and North London. 

8. The Blitz: flight from the East End. 

9. From the ‘A London Inheritance’ blog, a journey along the Thames  from the City to the Sea: part 1: Tower Pier to Greenwich;  part 2: Greenwich to Barking Creek; part 3: Barking Creek to Southend

10. …and finally,  a Halloween Special from blackcablondon. Scary London Scenes from film and TV. Part 1 and Part 2


Gobbets of the week #26

Sorry we’ve been quiet lately! Here are links to the top 10 gobbets of London history we’ve seen recently:

1. Tin Pan Alley: the story of Denmark Street. And to accompany it, a lovely piece by artist Pete Scully: ‘In the State of Denmark Street’. 


2. The first of three great pieces from Spitalfields Life:  the Hackney whipping post.

3. A new post in the great ‘Unbuilt London’ series from IanVisits: straightening the River Thames 

4. Zeppelins! Ian Castle’s new book examines the story of London’s First Blitz


5. I for Novello! @thegentleauthor celebrates the Lexicography of Cockney Slang 

6. They all love Jack: Busting the Ripper – P D Smith’s review of the latest Ripper book. 

7. Crime Museum Uncovered by London Historians. 

8. Our third Spitalfields Life piece: at the Harvest Festival of the Sea

9. When King Cholera came calling: instructions to the East End poor.


10. …and ending with a lovely painting I’d never seen before: The Last Muster: Sunday at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1875.