This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 25 February 1900: The first tube station to be known as ‘Bank’ is opened, effectively replacing the old ‘City’ station and providing a link between the Waterloo & City Railway and the newly extended City & South London Railway (now part of the Northern Line). At the same time, nearby King William Street station is closed.
- Tuesday – 26 February 1797: The Bank of England issues its first one-pound and two-pound notes.
- Wednesday – 27 February 1900: The Labour Party is formed at the Memorial Hall on Farringdon Street.
- Thursday – 28 February 1975: A southbound Northern Line train overshoots the end of the platform at Moorgate Station, accelerating into a dead-end tunnel and crashing into a hydraulic buffer and then a brick wall at about 40mph. 43 people die, and many more are severely injured.
- Friday – 1 March 1826: Chunee, a tame elephant at Cross’s Menagerie on the Strand, is executed in a barbaric manner.
Random London Quote Of The Week
I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare. No, let’s say Shakespeare and Dickens, to get them in the right order.