Monday Miscellanea

Greenwich Royal Observatory

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday23 December 1690: At Greenwich Royal Observatory, astronomer John Flamsteed catalogues what he believes to be a star as ‘34 Tauri’. It would later transpire that this is the first recorded sighting of the planet Uranus.
  • Tuesday24 December 1890: Surrey House Museum (later to become known as the Horniman Museum) in Forest Hill is officially opened to the public.
  • Wednesday25 December 1066: William the Conqueror is crowned king at Westminster Abbey.
  • Thursday26 December 1913: Golders Green Hippodrome is opened as a 3000-seat music hall.
  • Friday27 December 1813: A thick smog smothers London, causing the Prince Regent to abandon a trip to Hatfield House and turn back. The smog would last almost a week, causing considerable disruption.

Random London Quote Of The Week

In a word, man in London is not quite so good a creature as he is out of it.

John Galt, ‘The Ayrshire Legatees’

Photo by Jason Webber via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

davehaste

Article by Dave Haste | 829 Articles | View Profile