This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
As legend has it, William Overie (a.k.a. William Overs, or John Overy) had made a very successful living as a ferryman, transporting people across the Thames. He was notoriously tight-fisted, to the extent that he reputedly faked his own death to save on food costs for his household, as mourning was traditionally marked by a couple of days of fasting. However in a scene straight out of sitcom heaven, instead of fasting, members of his household threw a party around his open coffin to celebrate his death. This angered him to the extent that he sat bolt upright in his coffin, shocking the party’s guests so much that one of them assumed that he had risen from the dead and attacked him with an oar, killing him instantly.
Meanwhile Mr Overie’s daughter, Mary, had sent for her fiancée to join the celebrations. Unfortunately he was so over-excited at the demise of his potential father-in-law that he rode his horse too fast en-route to the party, fell off and died. Mary was so cheesed off at these events that she decided to become a nun, and used all of her father’s money to found a convent and a church – the Church of Saint Mary Overie, which is now better known as Southwark Cathedral.
London’s Weather This Week
The persistent rain of the weekend is going to linger for a bit, but it will also brighten up as the week progresses. Still it will be annoyingly unpredictable, so don’t even think of planning a barbeque or any other sort of outdoor event.
One Thing You Must Do In London This Week
From Thursday to Saturday, the newly rejuvenated Potters Fields Park (between Tooley Street and the Thames next to City Hall) will be celebrating its ‘Grand Opening’ with three days of music, arts and performances, all organised by Ken and his minions. It’s probably worth a look if you happen to be in the area – full details here. We advise taking an umbrella though.