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