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!