Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 131 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
Brydges Place

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday14th April 1471: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians in the Battle of Barnet, allowing Edward IV to resume the throne.
  • Tuesday15th April 1755: Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. Wednesday16th April 1889: Hollywood great Charlie Chaplin is born in Walworth, South London. Thursday17th April 1999: ‘London nailbomber’ David Copeland kicks-off his bombing campaign by planting a bomb outside a supermarket in Brixton, injuring 50 people. Friday18th April 1960: 60,000 protesters gather in Trafalgar Square as part of a ‘ban the bomb’ campaign.

    Random London Fact Of The Week

    At just 15 inches wide at its narrowest point, Brydges Place is unsurprisingly considered to be London’s narrowest alleyway.

    As we may have mentioned a couple of years ago, the paltry passageway runs a couple of hundred yards between Bedfordsbury and St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden, making it potentially useful for circumnavigating crowds of tourists – as long as there is no-one coming the other way.

    Due to its meagre measurements, it is more-or-less impossible to spot in the London A-Z. However, it is just about visible on Google Maps’ satellite view, albeit only as a couple of pixels between neighbouring buildings.

    London’s Weather This Week

    This week it looks like the weather will start to become more April-like, with fresh sunshine punctuated by random unpredictable showers. The nights will still be cold, though, so be prepared to shiver a bit if you’re staying out late.

    Picture taken from garryknight’s Flickr photostream.

    Last Updated 14 April 2008