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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

The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

The Huge Shit Pump Beneath Big Ben

By Laurence Scales
Londoners On The Moon

Londoners On The Moon

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

By Laurence Scales
Why Does London Have So Many Royal Societies?

Why Does London Have So Many Royal Societies?

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

By Laurence Scales
London Run-Ins With Rats

London Run-Ins With Rats

By Laurence Scales
Stinking Stories From London's Sewers

Stinking Stories From London's Sewers

By Laurence Scales
The Victorian Science Museum Where Prince Albert Was Dunked

The Victorian Science Museum Where Prince Albert Was Dunked

By Laurence Scales
The London Polymath Who Created August Bank Holiday

The London Polymath Who Created August Bank Holiday

By Laurence Scales
The Strangest Water Craft London Ever Built

The Strangest Water Craft London Ever Built

By Laurence Scales
Taking The Poo Out Of London

Taking The Poo Out Of London

By Laurence Scales
Trivia About London Trivia

Trivia About London Trivia

By Laurence Scales
13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

13 Fascinating London Horse Facts

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

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

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

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

By Laurence Scales
10 Things Paris Invented Before London

10 Things Paris Invented Before London

By Laurence Scales
Spinach Ice Cream And 5 Other Weird Victorian Recipes

Spinach Ice Cream And 5 Other Weird Victorian Recipes

By Laurence Scales
How Television Was Invented In London

How Television Was Invented In London

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

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

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

By Laurence Scales
3 Fascinating Things We Learnt From London Lectures Last Week

3 Fascinating Things We Learnt From London Lectures Last Week

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

By Laurence Scales
How The Colour Purple Was Invented In London

How The Colour Purple Was Invented In London

By Laurence Scales
A New Beaufort Scale For Pub Cats

A New Beaufort Scale For Pub Cats

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

By Laurence Scales
How London Helped Conquer Space

How London Helped Conquer Space

By Laurence Scales
Hope, A Skip And A Jump At King’s Cross

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

By Laurence Scales
Are We Remembering The Wrong Famous Londoners?

Are We Remembering The Wrong Famous Londoners?

By Laurence Scales
Take A Stroll Through The London Of 1817

Take A Stroll Through The London Of 1817

By Laurence Scales
Which Elements Were Discovered In London?

Which Elements Were Discovered In London?

By Laurence Scales
Churchill's London Wartime Wizards

Churchill's London Wartime Wizards

By Laurence Scales
London's History In Manholes

London's History In Manholes

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

By Laurence Scales
A Centre Of Gravity: How Londoners Measured The Renowned Force

A Centre Of Gravity: How Londoners Measured The Renowned Force

By Laurence Scales
London's Curious Famous Bedfellows

London's Curious Famous Bedfellows

By Laurence Scales
Fonts Of Knowledge: London Churches With Scientific Connections

Fonts Of Knowledge: London Churches With Scientific Connections

By Laurence Scales