Monday - 23rd March 1861: London’s first tramway is opened, running about a mile along Bayswater Road between Marble Arch and Notting Hill. The horse-drawn trams, introduced by the appropriately-named George Francis Train, would be superseded by electric trams some forty years later.
This Week In London’s History
- 24th March 1603
: Following the death of Elizabeth I at Richmond Palace, James VI, King of Scots, is proclaimed James I, King of England.
- 25th March 1950
: A team of Norwegian skiers construct a full-size ski jump from 45 tonnes of imported real snow and 60 feet of scaffolding on Hampstead Heath.
- 26th March 1973
: After 200 years of male exclusivity, women are admitted to the London Stock Exchange for the first time (but still not allowed onto the trading floor).
- 27th March 1625
: Almost exactly 22 years after his accession to the throne, James I dies of dysentery at Theobalds House near Cheshunt.
Random London Quote Of The Week
London is a modern Babylon.
Benjamin Disraeli, Tancred
London’s Weather This Week
There may be hints of Springtime, but the weather this week will also start limbering up for the inevitable month of April showers, and some of the evenings will be jolly chilly. Be prepared for anything.
Last Updated 23 March 2009