Gobbets of the week #20

Here are links to the10 gobbets of London history that we liked most this week:

1. The Victorian splendour of Highgate Cemetery. 

2. New podcast from the Oxford DNB: Dennis Severs, creator of 18 Folgate Street. 

3. The chapel of St Thomas-a-Becket on Old London Bridge. 

4. Where the Knollys Roses grow: the lovely ‘secret garden’ of Seething Lane. 

5. Just what we needed! The London Walker’s Tube Map! 

6. A visit to the old church at Perivale. 

7. As another Ashes series comes to a close, a look at some of The Oval’s finest moments. 

8. To Hell in a handcart? A final journey revisited: Newgate to Tyburn.

9. London’s oldest public drinking fountain.

10. A walk from Lambeth Palace to Waterloo Station, using Bradshaw’s Guide. 

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

Magnus, the Monument and Mice eating Cheese 

Fishwives and Firestarters: a load of old Billingsgate

London’s Bare Necessities 

Gobbets of the week #17

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

1. Three very big cheers for @thegentleauthor for spearheading the successful campaign to #savenortonfolgate.

2. Gresham College lecture: the wonderful John Schofield waxes lyrical on the Archaeology of St Paul’s Cathedral. 

3. The real site of Arthur C Clarke’s ‘Tales from the White Hart’. Thanks to @Rachel_Bedder for prompting! 

4. The Berners Street Hoax

5. A gate at the Royal Exchange

6. From Foyles to Hatchards – slip between the covers of London bookshops. 

7. More bookshops: the Antiquarian Bookshops of Old London

8. Robert Hooke and the dog’s lung: animal experimentation in history. 

9. A walk through King’s Cross at the turn of the Millennium. 

10. Blitzed Tottenham Court Road, 1940.

If you like this, do take a look at these longer posts on London’s history:

The Dragon and the Grasshopper

Make mine a Liptrap!

London’s bare necessities 

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.