Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday10 December 1907: Anti-vivisectionists march through central London to protest at the dissection of a brown terrier dog several years earlier. The ‘anti-doggers’ clash with police at Trafalgar Square, in what would become known as the Brown Dog Riots.
  • Tuesday11 December 2005: Much of London is covered by a vast plume of smoke, following a series of massive explosions at Buncefield Oil Depot in Hertfordshire.
  • Wednesday12 December 1849: Marc Isambard Brunel, the engineer behind the construction of the Thames Tunnel, and the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, dies in his house in Westminster at the age of 80.
  • Thursday13 December 1995: Riots break out in Brixton, following a protest over the death of a 26 year old man whilst in police custody.
  • Friday14 December 1836: Tooley Street Station is opened as the London terminus of the London and Greenwich Railway. It would later be joined by other lines, and would be renamed London Bridge Station.

London Quote Of The Week

It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Picture by MykReeve via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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