You need to check out the photographs at the Daily Mail of London, England in the 1800s. Even in the dirt and grime, the every day ordinariness of the photographs makes them absolutely beautiful.
These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy.
In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London.
Check out more of the photos at Black and white pictures capture the lives of Londoners in the 1800s | Mail Online.
Photo courtesy of The Bishopsgate Institute
The Tower of London’s manifestation as an exit-through-the-gift-shop tourist attraction is nothing new. In the early 17th century, crowds gathered on the wharf to catch a glimpse of imprisoned national hero Sir Walter Raleigh taking his constitutional on the terrace still known as Raleigh’s walk.
Long before it was famed as a prison, the Tower was known as a public menagerie, though medieval standards of care left much to be desired. It was the best available in animal welfare when Henry VII complained at seeing two mastiffs set loose on a lion. He ordered the dogs to be hanged for having the effrontery to “with such villainy assault the lion, the king of all beasts”.
Read the rest of the review at Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones: review – Telegraph.
Review by Jad Adams – Telegraph
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From Star Wars soundtracks to The Beatles, the historic Abbey Road studios has played a key role in some of the most influential music of all time.
Now, as part of their year-long 80th anniversary celebrations, the iconic recording studios in North London have been letting the public in for a series of talks.
The Gramophone Company bought the Georgian townhouse for £100,000 in 1929, before opening it as a state-of-the-art recording studio in November 1931.
Read the rest of the article at Abbey Road at 80: Pictures of the Beatles and more at the iconic studios – Mirror Online.
Story by Paul Cockerton – Mirror; Photo by Misterweiss – Wikimedia
EASTBURY Manor House has a rich and varied history.
Within its four walls, centuries ago, Guy Fawkes and his men thrashed out a plan to bring the British establishment to its knees – the Gunpowder Plot.
Volunteers and historians at the house in Eastbury Square, Barking, made the discovery after finding out Eastbury was owned by Anne Steward, widow of Clement Sysley, its original builder.
Read more of the story at YELLOW ADVERTISER TODAY | NEWS | The manor house with an explosive historical past | 2012.
A total of 173 people, including 62 children, died in a crush on 3 March 1943, when people rushed to enter the station after hearing air-raid sirens.
The alarm turned out to be a test – and it led to the worst British civilian disaster in the war.
But author Rick Fountain, from Bromley, argues in a new book there were missed chances to make the shelter safe.