Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday25 March 1950: A team of Norwegian skiers construct a full-size ski jump from 45 tonnes of imported real snow and 60 feet of scaffolding on Hampstead Heath.
  • Tuesday26 March 1973: After 200 years of male exclusivity, women are admitted to the London Stock Exchange for the first time (but still not allowed onto the trading floor).
  • Wednesday27 March 1625: Almost exactly 22 years after his accession to the throne, James I dies of dysentery at Theobalds House near Cheshunt.
  • Thursday28 March 1819: Joseph Bazalgette is born in Enfield, North London. He would become the chief civil engineer for the Metropolitan Board of Works, creating London’s sewerage system (and contributing to the eradication of cholera).
  • Friday29 March 1871: The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria, who is, however, too overcome to speak.

Random London Quote Of The Week

London is a roost for every bird.

Benjamin Disraeli, Lothair

Picture by Tanya Nagar via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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