Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 121 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
Wellington Monument

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday1st September 1856: Richard Westmacott, the sculptor responsible for numerous London landmarks, dies at his Mayfair home.
  • Tuesday2nd September 1666: The Great Fire of London breaks out. It would burn for three days, destroying over 13,000 buildings. Wednesday3rd September 1878: Passenger steamer Princess Alice collides with cargo ship Bywell Castle on the Thames near Woolwich Pier. All of the 700 passengers of the Princess Alice are either thrown into the heavily polluted river or trapped below the decks of the sinking vessel. Fewer than 100 passengers survive. Thursday4th September 1899: Moorfields Eye Hospital (known at the time as the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital) is opened at its current site on City Road (having previously been situated on Moorfields since 1805, hence the name). It would become the largest eye hospital in the world. Friday5th September 1975: An IRA bomb explodes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in central London, causing 2 fatalities and injuries to a further 63 people.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping,

    Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye

    Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping

    In sight, then lost amidst the forestry

    Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping

    On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy;

    A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown

    On a fool's head – and there is London Town.

    Lord Byron, Don Juan

    London’s Weather This Week

    It’s going to be mostly grim.

    Photo of Richard Westmacott’s Wellington Monument taken from wallyg’s Flickr photostream via the Londonist Flickr pool.

    Last Updated 01 September 2008