Lost London: An A–Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

Lost London: An A–Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1843178036

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A fascinating story of London as told through the buildings, parks, and palaces that are no longer there


From bull rings to ice fairs and plague pits to molly houses, this is a truly intriguing journey through London's forgotten past—unearthing both the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets and the secrets hidden away in the city's darkest corners. It pays witness to several lascivious acts at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, and strolls the vacant halls of the Palace of Whitehall, whose 1,500 rooms made it the largest royal residence in Europe until it was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century. Beautifully illustrated with original black-and-white drawings throughout, this charming tome covers more than 150 locations, including buried rivers, demolished buildings, ghost tube stations, overgrown cemeteries, underground Roman streets, abandoned bunkers, and derelict catacombs.


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House his residence from 1753 to 1761. The building was improved by Robert Adam and went on to serve as Wright’s Hotel and Coffee House for almost fifty years until 1857, at which point it was taken over by an instrument-maker. In 1858 Crosse & Blackwell opened a pickle-bottling plant on the premises, which the company later turned into offices and a five-storey factory producing soups, chutneys and marmalades to sell across the British Empire. With the building demolished in the 1920s to make.

Of highways, in the grounds of the music hall he had just opened. A pamphlet was written claiming that the waters were holy and had been famed for their healing powers until the knowledge of their properties was lost. Analysis conducted by the eminent scientist, Robert Boyle, showed the waters to be similar to the those at Tunbridge Wells. The spa was soon attracting hypochondriacs from across the capital and by 1700 was quite the place to go. George Coleman gave his take on it in his 1776.

1450 Jack Cade and nine of his captains (Kentish rebels) 1496 Flamock and Joseph (Cornish rebels) 1500s Several Lollards 1535 John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester 1535 Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor 1540 Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex 1605 Father Garnet (Gunpowder Plot conspirator) London Bridge Waterworks THE MANY PILLARS SUPPORTING LONDON BRIDGE caused the waters of the Thames to flow at great speeds. A German engineer, Pieter Morice, thus proposed that a waterwheel be.

Northern bank of the Thames in West Ham. The factory had manufactured caustic soda since it opened in 1893 but with Britain’s Great War effort hampered by a shortage of high explosives, the government ordered Brunner Mond to start making and refining trinitrotoluene (TNT), despite the factory being in a heavily built-up area. Production started in 1915 and by the time of the accident, the factory was processing 9 tons a day. At 6.52, a small fire broke out, which ignited 50 tons of TNT. The.

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