Laurence Scales

Laurence Scales

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Aged nine Laurence was taken to admire the capital’s doomed gas holders and cooling towers. He spent the next 40 years exploring corners of the earth as far away from London as possible. A rekindled enthusiasm for the city, and particularly its most ingenious or scientific past inhabitants, encouraged him to write and to offer guided tours, and he has set quiz rounds for the British Library. When a hi-tech engineering career threatened to force him from London he rebelled and joined the ranks of the underemployed. He is a heritage volunteer who helped lead the first horse drawn barge in 60 years along the Regent’s Canal and who has handled the great experimental philosopher Michael Faraday’s shoe brushes.

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Articles by: Laurence Scales

When London Was Ankle Deep In Manure

When London Was Ankle Deep In Manure

Still, it probably smelt better than today's traffic fumes. | By Laurence Scales
The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

Parliament was literally full of crap. | By Laurence Scales
Londoners On The Moon

Londoners On The Moon

Credited with craters. | By Laurence Scales
A Slab, A Stiff, And A Scalpel: 9 London Doctors Of The Dead

A Slab, A Stiff, And A Scalpel: 9 London Doctors Of The Dead

Eat lunch first. | By Laurence Scales
Why Does London Have So Many Royal Societies?

Why Does London Have So Many Royal Societies?

Arts, geology, history, antiquaries... | By Laurence Scales
How An Aircraft Carrier Made From Ice Was Designed Deep Below Smithfield

How An Aircraft Carrier Made From Ice Was Designed Deep Below Smithfield

Turning a dirty snowball into an aircraft carrier. | By Laurence Scales
London Run-Ins With Rats

London Run-Ins With Rats

Strange tales. | By Laurence Scales
Stinking Stories From London's Sewers

Stinking Stories From London's Sewers

Wiffy stuff. | By Laurence Scales
The Victorian Science Museum Where Prince Albert Was Dunked

The Victorian Science Museum Where Prince Albert Was Dunked

"We are quite sure that there is not in any country to be procured so much intellectual amusement for a shilling." | By Laurence Scales
The London Polymath Who Created August Bank Holiday

The London Polymath Who Created August Bank Holiday

He will make you feel lazy. | By Laurence Scales
The Strangest Water Craft London Ever Built

The Strangest Water Craft London Ever Built

Waterborne trivia. | By Laurence Scales
Taking The Poo Out Of London

Taking The Poo Out Of London

The ways we've dealt with waste over the years. | By Laurence Scales
Trivia About London Trivia

Trivia About London Trivia

It's trivia squared. | By Laurence Scales
13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

Top pedigree equine trivia. | By Laurence Scales
Georgian Or Victorian? How To Tell London's Architecture Eras

Georgian Or Victorian? How To Tell London's Architecture Eras

Spot the difference in some of London's most common buildings. | By Laurence Scales
Medieval Or Tudor?: How To Tell Which Era London's Buildings Are From

Medieval Or Tudor?: How To Tell Which Era London's Buildings Are From

And look very clever in the process. | By Laurence Scales
Why Doesn't London Have Its Own Sausage? We've Just Invented Some

Why Doesn't London Have Its Own Sausage? We've Just Invented Some

Someone had to. | By Laurence Scales
10 Things Paris Invented Before London

10 Things Paris Invented Before London

Buses, dictionaries, maps and more. | By Laurence Scales
Spinach Ice Cream And 5 Other Weird Victorian Recipes

Spinach Ice Cream And 5 Other Weird Victorian Recipes

From the cook eclipsed by Mrs Beeton. | By Laurence Scales
How Television Was Invented In London

How Television Was Invented In London

In a Soho garret. | By Laurence Scales
Mapped: London's Groundbreaking Moments In The History Of The Weather

Mapped: London's Groundbreaking Moments In The History Of The Weather

Because everyone likes to talk about the weather. | By Laurence Scales
Mapped: A History Of London Lights, From Candles To Lasers

Mapped: A History Of London Lights, From Candles To Lasers

Prepare to be illuminated. | By Laurence Scales
3 Fascinating Things We Learnt From London Lectures Last Week

3 Fascinating Things We Learnt From London Lectures Last Week

We've been ultra geeky so you don't have to. | By Laurence Scales
Pie Charts Of The Life Of The Londoner Who Invented Pie Charts

Pie Charts Of The Life Of The Londoner Who Invented Pie Charts

Getting meta with data. | By Laurence Scales
How The Colour Purple Was Invented In London

How The Colour Purple Was Invented In London

Meer William Perkin. | By Laurence Scales
A New Beaufort Scale For Pub Cats

A New Beaufort Scale For Pub Cats

Is your local's mog flat or furious? | By Laurence Scales
Brandy-Drinking Porpoises And Intellectual Fleas: The Bizarre World Of Frank Buckland

Brandy-Drinking Porpoises And Intellectual Fleas: The Bizarre World Of Frank Buckland

Curiosities of natural history In 19th century London. | By Laurence Scales
How London Helped Conquer Space

How London Helped Conquer Space

Rockets, solar panels and fuel cells. | By Laurence Scales
Hope, A Skip And A Jump At King’s Cross

Hope, A Skip And A Jump At King’s Cross

Behind the scenes of the Skip Garden. | By Laurence Scales
Are We Remembering The Wrong Famous Londoners?

Are We Remembering The Wrong Famous Londoners?

Rivals to Bazalgette and Nightingale. | By Laurence Scales
Take A Stroll Through The London Of 1817

Take A Stroll Through The London Of 1817

See out city through the eyes of Sir Richard Phillips in this extract. | By Laurence Scales
Which Elements Were Discovered In London?

Which Elements Were Discovered In London?

Periodic breakthroughs. | By Laurence Scales
Churchill's London Wartime Wizards

Churchill's London Wartime Wizards

How the capital's scientists helped win the war. | By Laurence Scales
London's History In Manholes

London's History In Manholes

Look down. | By Laurence Scales
Flashes, Bangs And Burning Diamonds: The Early Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Flashes, Bangs And Burning Diamonds: The Early Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Bringing science to the kids since 1825. | By Laurence Scales
A Centre Of Gravity: How Londoners Measured The Renowned Force

A Centre Of Gravity: How Londoners Measured The Renowned Force

How the city helped space travel. | By Laurence Scales
London's Curious Famous Bedfellows

London's Curious Famous Bedfellows

Did you know Freddie Mercury shared an address with a spy? | By Laurence Scales
Fonts Of Knowledge: London Churches With Scientific Connections

Fonts Of Knowledge: London Churches With Scientific Connections

11 places that mix science and religion. | By Laurence Scales