Monday Miscellanea

Hayward Gallery

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday8 July 1965: Ronnie Biggs, a member of the gang that carried out the notorious ‘Great Train Robbery’ a couple of years earlier, escapes from Wandsworth Prison. He would remain un-incarcerated until 2001.
  • Tuesday9 July 1968: The Hayward art gallery on the South Bank is opened by the Queen.
  • Wednesday10 July 1958: Britain’s first parking meters are installed in Mayfair. Soon there would be 625 of them in the district, charging 6 pence per hour.
  • Thursday11 July 1848: Waterloo Station is opened. The original station would survive just 52 years until 1900, when it would be demolished and rebuilt to form the Waterloo mainline station that we know today.
  • Friday12 July 1543: Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr at Hampton Court Palace, in the last of his six marriages.

Random London Quote Of The Week

You are now
In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow
At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore
Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more.
Yet in its depth what treasures!

Percy Bysshe Shelley, from a letter to Maria Gisborne

Photo by Veronica Aguilar via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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  • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

    Today’s also the anniversary of Shelley’s death.