This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 8 April 1908: Edward VII appoints Herbert Asquith as Prime Minister, following the resignation of his predecessor, Henry Cambell-Bannerman, due to ill health.
- Tuesday – 9 April 2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony in Windsor.
- Wednesday – 10 April 1606: The London Company (a.k.a. the ‘Charter of the Virginia Company of London’) is established by James I and given a remit to colonise North America.
- Thursday – 11 April 1981: Following the arrest of a youth on the previous evening, a huge riot breaks out in Brixton. More than 300 police officers and 65 civilians are injured; over 100 vehicles and 150 buildings are seriously damaged.
- Friday – 12 April 1941: Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore is born in Barking, East London. Better-known as ‘Bobby’, he would become a successful footballer, captaining West Ham and England (in 1966, no less).
Random London Quote Of The Week
Ye towers of Julius, London’s lasting shame,
With many a foul and midnight murder fed.
Thomas Gray, The Bard