Monday - 9th August 1902: More than 18 months after the death of Queen Victoria, the heir to the throne, Edward VII, is crowned King at Westminster Abbey.
This Week In London’s History
- 10th August 2003
: At the height of a massive Europe-wide heat wave, London records its highest ever temperature - 38.1 °C (100.6 °F), measured at Kew Gardens.
- 11th August 1897
: Enid Blyton is born in East Dulwich. She would become a hugely successful author of children’s fiction.
- 12th August 1827
: Renowned poet and painter William Blake dies. Five days later, he would be buried in an unmarked grave in Bunhill Fields.
- 13th August 1977
: Hundreds of protesters clash with police at a National Front march in Lewisham, south-east London. About 400 Socialist Worker Party members had gathered to try to prevent the National Front march, but had been prevented by police, leading to attacks on the police themselves and over 200 arrests.
Random London Quote Of The Week
I thought of London spread out in the sun
Its postal districts packed like squares of wheat
Philip Larkin, The Whitsun Weddings
Last Updated 09 August 2010