Category: Changing London

Re-discovering Roman London

Roman London in the second century AD would have been an impressive place to visit. Spanning both sides of the Thames, it was by then the largest city in Britain – a cosmopolitan settlement that was full of hustle and bustle. The skyline was dominated by the forum-basilica, […]

Sleeping rough in Victorian London

“Last Thursday they were turned out of their lodgings into the streets because they were in arrears with their rent,” reported the Illustrated Police News in 1900. “She had seven children….“ London has, in years gone by, been a trying place for many to live as a result […]

The fires that shaped London

The ‘Square Mile’ has seen its fair share of fires since a settlement was first founded here by the Romans 2,000 years ago. But two big events dominate in the history books – the Great Fire of 1666, which left four-fifths of the City in ruins, and incendiary […]

Bedlam over London

With the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey on the “Places worth seeing” list, a modern day visitor to London would find much of the 1862 edition of Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book To London And Its Environs very familiar. Written with the railway traveller in mind, the publication […]

Paupers’ first taste of education

For the staff and pupils of a historic Croydon school there has been plenty to celebrate this year. Over the course of 2014, Archbishop Tenison – named after founder the Archbishop of Canterbury – has been marking the tricentenary of its establishment for the teaching “ten poor boys […]