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Havering Hoard

September 17, 2020
Havering Hoard

The Havering Hoard is the largest Bronze Age hoard to have been found in London, and is now available to see at the Museum of London Docklands, in Canary Wharf.


All 453 items from the site are on view, together with other items from the Museum of London, which help place the finds in context.


The objects, which date to around 900BC to 800BC, include axe heads, fragments of swords, axe heads, daggers and knives.


The finds were unusual in being recovered from four individually placed hoards within a large enclosure, marked by a square-shaped ditch. The ditch itself was first discovered by aerial photography in the 1960s of the site which lies on the northern side of the Thames.


Most of the weapons appear to be have been damaged, raising the possibility that the hoard could have been a ritual offering, a recycling centre, or a place for the disposal of weapons that were becoming outmoded with the arrival of iron. The exhibition takes a look at these competing explanations.


‘Havering Hoard: a Bronze Age Mystery’ runs until 18 April 2021. Admission is free with a timed entry ticket available from the Museum of London’s website.

 

The Queen's House

September 16, 2020

The Queen’s House by Inigo Jones in Greenwich is frequently described as the first building in England to be based on the work of the Italian architect Palladio, and even more grandly as the first piece of truly Renaissance architecture in the country.


The Palladio part is undoubtedly right in part at least - his influence is visible in the balustrade running round the roof, the first-floor loggia on the Southern (Greenwich Park) side, and the dual, curved grand stairway on the Northern fron...


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James Maybrick: Fact or Fiction?

September 14, 2020

James Maybrick, a cotton broker from Liverpool, did not become a suspect until 1992 when a diary written on part of a Victorian ledger was rumoured to have been found by Tony Devereux, in the attic of Battlecrease House, Aigburth in Liverpool, the former residence of Maybrick. He supposedly gave it to a friend Michael Barrett in a pub, but the story later changed as his wife Ann said it had been in her family for generations. She had asked Devereux to give it to her husband because he had lit...


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Beware Of Yielding To Your Passion

August 18, 2020

It is a sad fact in London history – some murders get attention and the details poured over again and again, and some that are simply forgotten. The murder of Elizabeth Osborn in 1719 is one that has passed quietly away – a shame as her killer, Jane Griffin wanted us all to learn a lesson from the sorry episode.


Elizabeth Osborn was a maid working at the Three Pigeons, a tavern used by booksellers located in Butcher Hall Row – not far from modern day Paternoster Square. The tavern was ru...


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Lockdown Street Art – A Tribute To The NHS

August 14, 2020

Lockdown has been such a strange time for us all but there has been so much culture available to us online.  However, the other day whilst making my way through the back streets from the South Bank to Waterloo Station I came across a physical example of what has been produced.  A celebration of the heroes of our time – the NHS - through street art.


Under the railway bridge between Waterloo and Waterloo East is this tribute - the NHS as Superman - by Lionel Stanhope. He trained as a sign writ...


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Big Game on Ludgate Hill

August 13, 2020

In October 1684 the diarist John Evelyn went to see what was probably the first rhinoceros to appear in England. She had been brought to London by some East India merchants who sold her at auction. The novelty factor allowed them to obtain the enormous sum of £2,320. Evelyn noted in his diary: ’Twas certainly a very wonderful creature’.


The money promised by the bidder never materialised, and the animal became an exhibit at the Bell Savage, which stood on the north side of Ludgate Hill an...


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