Monday Miscellanea

Chelsea Pensioner statue

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday10 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.
  • Tuesday11 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.
  • Wednesday12 March 1988: The Bank of England withdraws the £1 note from circulation, making way for pound coins.
  • Thursday13 March 1807: The Grand Surrey Canal Basin at Rotherhithe is opened. The area forms a part of what we now know as Surrey Quays.
  • Friday14 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’)

Photo by Terry Moran via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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