Museum of London

8 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

Museum of London building © Ethan Doyle White/cc-by-sa-4.0

Museum of London building © Ethan Doyle White/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Museum of London documents the history of the UK’s capital city from prehistoric to modern times and is located in the City of London on the London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre and is part of the Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 1970s to redevelop a bomb-damaged area of the City. The museum is a few minutes’ walk north of St Paul’s Cathedral, overlooking the remains of the Roman city wall and on the edge of the oldest part of London, now its main financial district. It is primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout time. The museum is jointly controlled and funded by the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority. The museum is the largest urban history collection in the world, with more than six million objects.   read more…

Glenfinnan in the Highlands of Scotland

13 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Glenfinnan Monument © Flaxton

Glenfinnan Monument © Flaxton

Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. In 1745 the Jacobite rising began here when Prince Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. Seventy years later, the 18 m (60 ft) Glenfinnan Monument, at the head of the loch, was erected to commemorate the historic event.   read more…

Golders Green in London

5 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  7 minutes

Golders Hill Park © - Martin Addison/cc-by-sa-2.0

Golders Hill Park © – Martin Addison/cc-by-sa-2.0

Golders Green is an area in the London Borough of Barnet in England. A smaller suburban linear settlement, near a farm and public grazing area green of medieval origins, dates to the early 19th century. Its bulk forms a late 19th-century and early 20th-century suburb with a commercial crossroads. The rest is of later build. It is centred approximately 6 miles (9 km) north west of Charing Cross on the intersection of Golders Green Road and Finchley Road.   read more…

Rotherham in South Yorkshire

28 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

All Saints Square and Bridgegate © - Ben Sutherland/cc-by-2.0

All Saints Square and Bridgegate © – Ben Sutherland/cc-by-2.0

Rotherham> is a large minster town in South Yorkshire, England. It is the main settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham. Located on the traditional road between Sheffield and Doncaster. The Rother (Rotherham’s namesake) merges with the River Don. The Don then flows through the town centre. Traditional industries included glass making and flour milling. Most around the time of the industrial revolution, it was also known as a coal mining town as well as a contributor to the steel industry. The town’s Historic county is Yorkshire. From 1889 until 1974, the County of York’s ridings became counties in their own right, the West Riding of Yorkshire was the town’s county while South Yorkshire is its current county. Rotherham had a 109,691 population in the 2011 census. The district borough, governed from the town, had a mid-2019 est. population of 265,411, the 60th most populous district in England.   read more…

The Churchill Arms in London

25 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  3 minutes

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© CVB/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Churchill Arms is a public house at 119 Kensington Church Street on the corner with Campden Street, Notting Hill, London. There has been a pub on the site since at least the late nineteenth century. Previously known as the “Church-on-the-Hill”, the pub received its current name after the Second World War. It is known for its exuberant floral displays, and extravagant Christmas displays in the winter, and has been described as London’s most colourful pub.   read more…

Tower Bridge in London

2 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Fuzzypiggy/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and St Katharine Docks and has become a world-famous symbol of London. As a result, it is sometimes confused with London Bridge, about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) upstream. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the trust’s bridges not to connect the City of London directly to the Southwark bank, as its northern landfall is in Tower Hamlets.   read more…

Stamford Hill in London

10 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  8 minutes

© - Alisdare Hickson/cc-by-sa-2.0

© – Alisdare Hickson/cc-by-sa-2.0 (That there are very different views within the Jewish communities is not new, but the fundamental opposition to Zionism and Israel is remarkable every time. This was first noticed by a broader public at the regular demonstrations in front of the main entrance of the UN headquarters in New Yok City, but it apparently goes well beyond that.)

Stamford Hill is an area in Inner London, England, located about 5.5 miles north-east of Charing Cross. The neighbourhood is a sub-district of Hackney, the major component of the London Borough of Hackney, and is known for its Hasidic community, the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews in Europe. The district takes its name from the eponymous hill, which reaches a height of 33m AOD, and the originally Roman A10 also takes the name “Stamford Hill”, as it makes its way through the area.   read more…

Leadenhall Market in London

3 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  5 minutes

© - Aurelien Guichard/cc-by-sa-2.0

© – Aurelien Guichard/cc-by-sa-2.0

Leadenhall Market is a covered market in London, located on Gracechurch Street but with vehicular access also available via Whittington Avenue to the north and Lime Street to the south and east, and additional pedestrian access via a number of narrow passageways. It is one of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century, and is located in the historic centre of the City of London financial district.   read more…

Trinity Buoy Wharf in London

26 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London Reading Time:  7 minutes

Bow Creek Lighthouse © Grim23/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bow Creek Lighthouse © Grim23/cc-by-sa-3.0

Trinity Buoy Wharf is the site of a lighthouse, by the confluence of the River Thames and Bow Creek on the Leamouth Peninsula, Poplar. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The lighthouse no longer functions, but is the home of various art projects such as Longplayer. It is sometimes known as Bow Creek Lighthouse.   read more…

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