Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday13 May 1515: Mary Tudor, the younger sister of Henry VII, is officially married to Charles Brandon at Greenwich Palace (having previously secretly married in France a couple of months earlier).
  • Tuesday14 May 1842: The first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, the ‘Illustrated London News’ is launched, costing sixpence. It was still being published weekly as recently as 1971.
  • Wednesday15 May 1981: Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, is born in a private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. She would become a very successful equestrian, and is currently 14th in line to the throne.
  • Thursday16 May 1968: A gas explosion causes the collapse of an entire corner of a newly constructed high-rise block of flats in Newham, East London, killing five residents. Unsurprisingly the flats are later deemed to be ‘structurally unsound’.
  • Friday17 May 1984: Prince Charles denounces an early proposed design of an extension to the National Gallery building on Trafalgar Square as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.

Random London Quote Of The Week

It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

Sherlock Holmes (via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, naturally, in The Copper Beeches)

Photo by M@.

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  • HoosierSands

    Prince Charles’ speech was given on the 30th May, 1984 (See Telegraph, Time magazine, etc), not the 17th.

  • Guest

    Actually it looks like the speech was given on the 29th and published the next day.

    • Dave H

      Interesting. Wikipedia seems to think, at least in part, that Charles’ denouncement did occur on the 17th (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_17 ). And yet, the specific Wikipedia page for Prince Charles does indeed state that the speech was given on the 30th.