This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 11 March 1692: The Royal Chelsea Hospital is founded by Charles II. Designed by Christopher Wren, the hospital would also become the model for Greenwich’s Royal Naval (edit: not ‘navel’!) Hospital.
- Tuesday – 12 March 1988: The Bank of England withdraws the £1 note from circulation, making way for pound coins.
- Wednesday – 13 March 1807: The Grand Surrey Canal Basin at Rotherhithe is opened. The area forms a part of what we now know as Surrey Quays.
- Thursday – 14 March 1933: Also at Rotherhithe, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. is born. He would become better known as successful film actor Michael Caine.
- Friday – 15 March 1976: A tube train driver is shot dead as he chases a man who detonated a bomb on his train.
Random London Quote Of The Week
Hell is a city much like London—
A populous and a smoky city;
There are all sorts of people undone,
And there is little or no fun done;
Small justice shown, and still less pity.
Percy Bysshe Shelley