“A days doings”

The Victorians have always fascinated me. Such drive and inquisitiveness they moved the country forward with their technological advances, however I do find the general population lacking imagination and in some instances free will, but I suppose given the tight social framework of the day its understandable that they were unwilling to go off piste.… Continue reading “A days doings”

A sweet tooth

In a previous life I was involved in the processing and sale of sugar and associated products and so I’m always interested in sticky subjects. Walking down Cannon Street I came across a rather austere looking pub called “The Sugarloaf” which piqued my interest. Unfortunately for me and my thirst they were shut at the… Continue reading A sweet tooth

A short cut

Today the bridge officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, which is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crosses the River Thames, linking Bankside with the City of London. The bridge opened late and over budget in June 2000, but had to close two days later due to lateral movement which lead to it being named the “Wobbly Bridge”. It took nearly… Continue reading A short cut

Yor ‘avin a Turkish

From the Cockney rhyming slang, Turkish Bath (laugh) “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, said the preacher John Wesley in the late 1790s and it was a sentiment that wealthy Victorians took to heart in the middle of the 19th century. Victorian plumbing catalogues abound with the latest gadgets for the home, but what did a… Continue reading Yor ‘avin a Turkish

Art

One word Sunday A very touching piece of street art that can be found set into the pavement in Marchmont Street near to Russell Square underground station in Bloomsbury. The street is near to the former site of the Foundling Hospital in Corams Fields. Mothers unable to care for their babies would bring them to… Continue reading Art

ABC of City of London Wards

This is the forth post about the wards that make up the the City of London. These links will take you to the post about Aldersgate, Aldgate, Bassishaw. The City of London is divided into 25 wards. These wards are a survival of the medieval governmental system that allowed very small areas to exist as self-governing units within the… Continue reading ABC of City of London Wards

Learn to talk proper

I recently came by a fascinating old book called Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (published 1909) written by James Redding Ware, the pseudonym of Andrew Forrester a British writer who created one of the first female detectives in literary history in his book The Female Detective (1863). The… Continue reading Learn to talk proper