This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
London Bridge (the actual bridge this time, not the station) has been hugely important to London for as long as there has been a bridge on that site, which is pretty much as long as London has existed – the Romans built a wooden bridge in that area in AD 60 (or thereabouts).
Over the years, the bridge has fallen down (or been torn down, or burned down, etc.) many times, but it has always been rebuilt. In 1097, following one of many episodes of damage to the bridge, William Rufus (son of William the Conqueror) raised a tax for the specific purpose of repairing it. Over time, the trust that was set up to manage the repair funds became established as a charity, now known as the City Bridge Trust. For centuries legacies would be left to this trust, often with the words “to God and the bridge”.
London’s Weather This Week
By all accounts, winter will finally set in this week, with temperatures dropping. Thick coats and woolly hats will be required.
Picture of the smoke from the Buncefield fire over Tower Bridge taken from edvvc’s Flickr photostream.