Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 92 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
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This Week In London’s History

  • Monday20th December 1909: The distinctive Arding and Hobbs department store near Clapham Junction is destroyed by fire. Having been rebuilt, it is now a branch of Allders.
  • Tuesday - 21st December 1842: Pentonville Prison near Islington accepts its first prisoners.
  • Wednesday - 22th December 1974: A bomb explodes at the Victoria home of Conservative leader and former Prime Minister Edward Heath. No-one is hurt.
  • Thursday - 23rd December 1690: At Greenwich Royal Observatory, astronomer John Flamsteed catalogues what he believes to be a star as ‘34 Tauri’. It would later transpire that this is the first recorded sighting of the planet Uranus.
  • Friday - 24th December 1890: Surrey House Museum (later to become known as the Horniman Museum) in Forest Hill is officially opened to the public.

Random London Quote Of The Week

A country gentleman should bring his lady to visit London as soon as he can, that they may have agreeable topicks for conversation when they are by themselves.

Samuel Johnson

Last Updated 20 December 2010