Gobbets of the week #28

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

1. The London that might have been: architectural wonders (and monstrosities) that never got past the drawing board. 

2. Slashing throats for 170 years: the ‘real’ Sweeney Todd.


3. As we approach the 800th Lord Mayor’s show, a video of the 1967 event...

4. …another showing just how they get the Lord Mayor’s coach out of the Museum of London…

5. …and a song about the Lord Mayor’s coachman!

6. Two London artists from London Historians:  Celebrating Hogarth and Gillray’s Ghost. 

7. The grizzly story of Bunhill Fields. 

8. From Spitalfields Life, John Thomas Smith’s rural cottages.

9. More ‘from the City to the Sea’: part IV – the Thames Estuary; part V – the Thames at night

10. …and finally…the Return of London’s Fog? 

Gobbets of the week #27

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

1. Six degrees of Francis Bacon: mapping 16th century social networks.

2. Parliament and Votes for Women


3. How the postcode was invented in London, and some London postcode trivia. 

4. Following the sad death of historian Lisa Jardine, some tributes: (1) the Guardian; (2) apollo magazine; (3) from her BBC producer; (4) another BBC tribute, including links to some of her best ‘Points of View’ eposodes; and (5) her Desert Island Discs. 

5. Exhibition review: E H Shepard at war


 6. St Bart’s Hospital Museum: a hidden gem with a 900 year old story to tell. 

7. Hand-drawn maps of East and North London. 

8. The Blitz: flight from the East End. 

9. From the ‘A London Inheritance’ blog, a journey along the Thames  from the City to the Sea: part 1: Tower Pier to Greenwich;  part 2: Greenwich to Barking Creek; part 3: Barking Creek to Southend

10. …and finally,  a Halloween Special from blackcablondon. Scary London Scenes from film and TV. Part 1 and Part 2


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.