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! 


Gobbets of the week #13

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

1. This amateur London Tube Map is better than the real thing.   


2. Spitalfields then and now: @thegentleauthor updates Dan Cruikshank’s 1970s snapshots (two separate links!) 

3. Regency London gambling: ‘the two nerdy history girls’ blog visits Crockford’s Club in St James’s. 

4. Rioters & resurrectionists: the turbulent history of Spa Fields. 

5. For our 13th ‘Gobbets of the week’, why is London scared of the number 13?


6. The world’s oldest hat shop: the archives of J Lock & Co (via the excellent @ianvisits)


7. A map showing the huge acreage of London’s former docks. 

8. Love, health and the weather: what medieval Londoners worried about.

9. More Spitalfields Life: the House Mill of 1776 at Bromley by Bow. 

10. Book review: Summer of Blood: the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones in History Today. 



Gobbets of the week!

Here are the top 10 gobbets of London history that caught our eye this week:

1. A handy decision map to London’s museums and galleries.


2. Sifting through the stories about the London Stone.

3. The remarkable story of the Coronation Chair.


4. Privatised London: the Thames Walk path that resembles a prison corridor.

5. 42 old English insults.

6. Delightful 1985 film on Spitalfields conservation.


7. Manoeuvring London’s streets in the Regency era.

8. Lee Jackson’s lovely ‘Missing London‘ photo e-book.


9. Teddy Girls in London, 1955.

10. Henry Mayhew’s street traders.