Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 123 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
The Monument

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday16th July 1924: Crowds of photographers, reporters and ‘autograph seekers’ greet the pilots of the first (successful) round-the-world flight as it landed at Croydon airport for its London stopover.
  • Tuesday17th July 1974: A bomb explodes in a tourist-packed room of the Tower of London, killing one person and injuring 41 others. No-one claims responsibility for the bombing, and no culprits are found. Wednesday18th July 1922: IRA gunmen Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan are sentenced to death at the Old Bailey for the murder of Sir Henry Wilson, who was shot in the back nine times one month earlier. Thursday19th July 1932: The current Lambeth Bridge is opened by George V, replacing an earlier suspension bridge that was awkward to use and in a state of disrepair. Friday20th July 1982: IRA nail bombs explode in Hyde Park and Regents Park, resulting in the death of 11 people and injury to 50 more. 7 horses from the Household Cavalry also die as a result of the attacks.

    Random London Fact Of The Week

    Some things you may or may not have known about the Monument:

  • Its full name is The Monument to the Fire of London. That gives you a bit of a clue to its origins.
  • Its height, at 202 feet, is also the exact distance between its base and the site of Thomas Farryner’s bakery on Pudding Lane, where the great fire began in 1666.
  • It is generally claimed to be the tallest freestanding stone column in the world.
  • It was designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, and constructed between 1671 and 1677.
  • For a fee of £2 (£1 for kids) you can climb the 311 steps of a spiral staircase housed within the column to reach the viewing platform at the top.
  • The Monument was also designed to serve a scientific purpose, featuring an underground laboratory, a central shaft to be used as a zenith telescope, and each step on the staircase being precisely 6 inches tall – allowing experiments on barometric pressure to be conducted.
  • London’s Weather This Week

    This Londonista was thoroughly stymied by the weather yesterday, and is in a bit of a mood about the whole thing. So all you need to know is that it’ll probably be a bit shit all week. (Alternatively, it could be fine. Who honestly has a clue?)

    Picture taken from DennisSylvesterHurd’s Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

    Last Updated 16 July 2007

    guest

    The monument is now closed for some kind of restoration. I never knew it had an underground lab. How very espionagey.

    diamond geezer

    Apparently the Monument closes to the public in two weeks time, to reopen at Christmas 2008.
    So if you want to visit, you'd better hurry up.

    guest

    Ah man, that's disappointing to hear! I was hoping to climb it when I visit London from New York this November.