This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 10 March 1906: The ‘Baker Street & Waterloo Railway’ opens, running between Baker Street and Elephant & Castle stations. It would soon become known as the Bakerloo Line.
- Tuesday – 11 March 1692: The Royal Chelsea Hospital is founded by Charles II. Designed by Christopher Wren, the hospital would also become the model for Greenwich’s Royal Naval Hospital.
- Wednesday – 12 March 1988: The Bank of England withdraws the £1 note from circulation, making way for pound coins.
- Thursday – 13 March 1807: The Grand Surrey Canal Basin at Rotherhithe is opened. The area forms a part of what we now know as Surrey Quays.
- Friday – 14 March 1933: Also at Rotherhithe, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. is born. He would become better known as successful film actor Michael Caine.
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 of course, in ‘The Copper Beeches’)