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Browsing Archive: March, 2020

London's First Hero?

Posted by London Tour Guide Rob Smith on Sunday, March 22, 2020, In : Roman London 
Londinium – the city built by the Roman’s we now call London started some time around 43AD. You can see lots of physical evidence of Londinium – parts of the City wall, tiled floors in church crypts, even the amphitheatre where gladiators fought. And there are plentiful objects from Londinium in the Museum of London. However, the names of the people who lived in Londinium are harder to find. One of the few we know the name of is someone who had an important role in building the city - G...
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London Markets: Ancient and Modern

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Guide on Sunday, March 15, 2020, In : Local History 
What are these? They are known as the London Fields Flower Sellers. You will find them and also sculptures of sheep in London Fields park in Hackney, east London. They were created in the 1980’s by local artists Freeform Arts Trust and local schoolchildren to remind us of the area’s history.

London Fields used to be on the edge of London and what is now the park was grazing area. Drovers, who had brought their animals from miles away, would stop to give their animals a rest and a chance t...

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Bishopsgate Before the Great Fire of London

Posted by Ian McD, City of London guide on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, In : Great Fire of London 

Suspended high on a wall in the Victoria and Albert Museum is the facade of a London house from before the Great Fire of 1666.


It is a complex succession of curves and angles forming two windows which give rise to a semi-circular column in the centre. The wooden panels are  decorated with scrolls, masks, cartouches and strapwork.


The house belonged to Sir Paul Pindar, the English consul in Aleppo and subsequently  ambassador to the Ottoman court. Pindar traded in alum and tobacco and helped adm...


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Was Martha Tabram a Ripper Victim?

Posted by Jenny Phillips, Jack the Ripper Tour Guide on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, In : Jack the Ripper 
For many years it was not acknowledged that Martha Tabram (Turner) was a victim of Jack.

However, in a recent documentary Jack the Ripper Case Reopened, presented by Emilia Fox, star of Silent Witness with help from Professor David Wilson, a expert criminologist, they uncover many fact that point to the fact that Martha could have been Jack’s first victim not Mary Ann Nichols or Polly as she is better known. Calling this the ultimate cold case he carefully looks at the murders with cold case...


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Wanders in London with a camera phone

Posted by Alastair, London photography guide on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, In : Photo Walks 

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter as we reach the end of winter. Nighttime can be such a great time for photos. Don't put your camera away just because the sun has gone down. 

When it's dark, there's a whole other city out there waiting to be captured. This photo was from my walk through Hyde Park in February. Do you know the building? When I posted this on my social media, so many people couldn't figure out what this building was. Even though they've visited it. W...


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