This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 28 October 1903: Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh is born in Hampstead. He would become a successful writer.
- Tuesday – 29 October 1986: The M25 ‘London orbital’ motorway is officially opened by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, at a ceremony at the last section to be completed (junctions 22 and 23 in Hertfordshire).
- Wednesday – 30 October 1883: A group known as the ‘Fenian Dynamiters’ detonates a bomb on the Metropolitan Railway, injuring 62 people.
- Thursday – 31 October 1795: Another literary anniversary: John Keats is thought to have been born in Moorgate. He would become a noted poet.
- Friday – 1 November 1848: Retail business W H Smith opens its first railway bookstall, at Euston Station.
Random London Quote Of The Week
I must have a London audience. I could not preach, but to the educated; to those who were capable of estimating my composition.
Jane Austen, ‘Mansfield Park’