This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 10th September 1973: IRA bombs explode at King’s Cross and Euston mainline stations, injuring 13 people. Witnesses describe a teenager planting the first bomb by throwing it into the crowded ticket hall at King’s Cross.
- Tuesday – 11th September 1980: Armed robbers steal almost £1.5m worth of diamonds from a jewellery shop in Knightsbridge, west London. The haul includes a famous stone known as the Marlborough Diamond, worth £400,000. The robbers are arrested 11 hours later.
- Wednesday – 12th September 2005: The England cricket team beat Australia at The Oval, south London, winning the Ashes for the first time since 1987.
- Thursday – 13th September 1738: Work starts on laying the foundations of the original Westminster Bridge. Construction of the stone bridge would not be complete until 1750, and would be replaced in 1862 by the wrought iron bridge that we know today.
- Friday – 14th September 1983: Amy Winehouse is born in Southgate, north London. She would become a successful (and sometimes controversial) recording artist.
Random London Quote Of The Week
It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
Sherlock Holmes (via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, naturally, in ‘The Copper Beeches’)