This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 10th January 1985: A massive gas explosion demolishes a block of flats in Putney, south west London – killing 8 people and injuring dozens more.
- Tuesday – 11th January 1864: Charing Cross railway station is opened.
- Wednesday – 12th January 1619: The Banqueting House at Whitehall is destroyed by fire. It would soon be rebuilt.
- Thursday – 13th January 1583: Eight people are killed when scaffold seating collapses at the Bear Garden – an arena for bear-baiting and other ‘animal sports’ at Bankside.
- Friday – 14th January 1437: The Great Stone Gate at the south side of London Bridge collapses, taking down two bridge arches and several houses with it.
Random London Quote Of The Week
London, you know, has a great Belly, but no palate, nor taste of right or wrong.
Thomas Hobbes, Behemoth