Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday11 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.
  • Tuesday12 March 1988: The Bank of England withdraws the £1 note from circulation, making way for pound coins.
  • Wednesday13 March 1807: The Grand Surrey Canal Basin at Rotherhithe is opened. The area forms a part of what we now know as Surrey Quays.
  • Thursday14 March 1933: Also at Rotherhithe, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. is born. He would become better known as successful film actor Michael Caine.
  • Friday15 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

Picture by Fin Fahey via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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  • Kate

    A hospital for Royal Navels???

    • HHGeek

      Stashing of dried umbilical cords for later DNA testing, p’raps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.guppy James Guppy

    Undone and done? Hmmm…