Aged nine Laurence was taken to admire London’s doomed gas holders and cooling towers. He spent the next 40 years exploring corners of the earth as far away from London as possible. A rekindled enthusiasm for the city, and particularly its most ingenious or scientific past inhabitants, encouraged...
Courtesy of journalist John Hollingshead, in these extracts from his book Ragged London, we take a peek into London's courtyards and hovels in 1861, finding cows off Regent Street, bird fanciers in Shoreditch, pigs in Notting Hill , and 'refuse' sausage makers in Clerkenwell. The inspector of nuisances is that rare workman, a man whose heart is in his work, and the poor regard him as a friend and adviser.
The Great Stink of 1858 which brought the nation's legislature to a standstill is one of the tumultuous moments in London history — like the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz. But the sewers were built and that was the end of it, right? We have opened the drains and uncovered another Stygian ferment which literally moved the foundations of Parliament in 1886.
There are at least 70 Londoners on the moon. Not surprisingly they are all dead. Lunar crater names serve as celestial memorials for some former London residents. Many have famous names like Newton and Freud. But our selection avoids the usual suspects. Who on earth (or on moon) were Mary Blagg and John Russell. And who's moon fever got started by the terminator? The lunar dust bowl of remembrance is mostly reserved for scientists and explorers. An odd exception is Geoffrey Chaucer.
I give #DarkestHour 4/5, deducting marks for the absurd scene on the Underground. And what is it about Wren's Greenwich that is supposed to be typically London? Any of you know if #Churchill really took his whisky on the rocks?
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