Cricket, Coffee & Canals: Gobbets of the week #16

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

1. Time Warp: it’s a Lord’s Ashes Test weekend, so a timely piece on the home of cricket’s famous weathervane  Old Father Time


2. OK, not (yet) history, but we loved the taxonomy and geography of London’s hipster coffee shops

3. The antiquarian book shops of Old London

4. Plague and pestilence at the Guildhall Library’s new exhibition


5. Canals of London, Part 1: great new video by Geoff Marshall of Londonist. 

6. Some great detective work to identify William Hogarth’s frame-maker


7. The Man Who Drew London: a look at Wenceslaus Hollar.

8. Lovely film on the heights of North London, 1850-1939. 

9. Now viewable online: London on the C14th Gough Map, the oldest road map of Britain. 

10. More cricket: a lovely old London trade  card of a Brick Lane cricket bat maker. 

More? If you like our weekly gobbets, you might also like some of our longer posts on London’s history: 

London’s bare necessities

The Dragon and the Grasshopper

A Load of Old Billingsgate

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