Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday5th November 1605: Following a tip-off, a party of armed men led by a Justice of the Peace discover Guy Fawkes guarding a large amount of gunpowder and incendiary materials in the vaults under the House of Lords.
  • Tuesday6th November 1869: Queen Victoria opens Blackfriars Bridge, and then Holborn Viaduct.
  • Wednesday7th November 1783: John Austin, having been convicted for ‘cruel highway robbery’, becomes the last person to be hanged at the Tyburn gallows near Marble Arch.
  • Thursday8th November 1674: John Milton, author of ‘Paradise Lost’, dies of gout in his house at Finsbury.
  • Friday9th November 1911: The Victoria Palace Theatre is opened opposite Victoria Station.

Random London Quote Of The Week

London, the needy villain’s general home,
The common-sewer of Paris and of Rome,
With eager thirst, by folly or by fate,
Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state.

Samuel Johnson, ‘London: A Poem in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal’

Picture by victorianlondon via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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