Monday Miscellanea

Cheapside

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday9 December 1608: John Milton is born in Cheapside in the City of London. He would become a famous poet, best known for ‘Paradise Lost’.
  • Tuesday10 December 1907: Anti-vivisectionists march through central London to protest at the dissection of a brown terrier dog several years earlier. The ‘anti-doggers’ clash with police at Trafalgar Square, in what would become known as the Brown Dog Riots.
  • Wednesday11 December 2005: Much of London is covered by a vast plume of smoke, following a series of massive explosions at Buncefield Oil Depot in Hertfordshire.
  • Thursday12 December 1849: Marc Isambard Brunel, the engineer behind the construction of the Thames Tunnel, and the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, dies in his house in Westminster at the age of 80.
  • Friday13 December 1995: Riots break out in Brixton, following a protest over the death of a 26 year old man whilst in police custody.

Random London Quote Of The Week

So poetry, which is in Oxford made
An art, in London is only a trade.

John Dryden, Prologue to the University of Oxon

Photo by Richard Watkins via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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