Gobbets of the week #25

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

1. Moving a Wren tower from the Square Mile to Twickenham.

2. The man who made Soho glow. 

3. Samuel Pepys at St Olave’s. 


Samuel Pepys’ monument at St Olave Hart Street

4. London’s rumoured secret tunnels! 

5. The sightlines of St Paul’s Cathedral 


St Paul’s at dawn from New Change

6. The Blitz and bomb damage maps. 

7. Two pieces from the Guildhall Library blog: Magna Carta and Surveys and plans of Victorian London’s docks and wharves


The Magna Carta at the Guildhall

8. Experiences of the theatre in post-Medieval London.

9. A Tudor hunting lodge on the outskirts of London 

10. Housing ‘poor men‘ in Greenwich. 

Gobbets of the week #23

It’s been a big week for anniversaries. While the USA remembers the tragedy of 11 September 2001, in London this week marks the anniversaries of the Great Fire, a Zeppelin raid and the start of the Blitz. And of course in ‘other news’ there has been the small matter of the Queen becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch. 

1. My City of Ruins: Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn recount the aftermath of the Great Fire.


2. The centenary of the 3rd Zeppelin raid on London. 

3. On 7th September 1940: a survivor recounts the bombing of Columbia Road Market. 

4. Peter Watts recounts the Legacy of the Blitz


5. Long to Reign Over Us: the Queen’s latest milestone celebrated by St Paul’s Cathedral and the Telegraph. And an explanation of the Crown’s relationship with the City of London


6. S Forester and South London 

7. Lost London – the Great Conduit

8. Down House: Charles Darwin’s Forever Home. 

9. Cries of London: the curious legacy of Francis Wheatley. 


10. Spirit of Soho Mural: celebrating the history and characters of Soho. 

Gobbets of the week #11

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

1. Soho stories: six decades of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. 

2. London’s Dreary Dockland: Dame Clara Butt sings at the Savoy, 1923.

3. Smog in the City, 1952.

4. Snuff said: a visit to Fribourg & Pontet, tobacconists of Pall Mall. 

5. Remarkable artworks from Roman London.

6. John Wilkes and the St George’s Fields Massacre of 1768. 

7. The Streets under the Barbican

8. A Wapping boatman, 1938, 

9. 16 fabulous colour photos of a weekend in London, 1959. 

10. Walking London on VE Day, 1945 & 2015.