Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 88 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday4th April 1896: The new premises for the National Portrait Gallery (next to the National Gallery by Trafalgar Square) open their doors for the first time.
  • Tuesday5th April 1821: The newly rebuilt St Paul's Church in Shadwell (a.k.a. the 'Church of Sea Captains') is consecrated.
  • Wednesday6th April 1580: An earthquake, later estimated at a Richter magnitude between 5.3 and 5.9, causes the only recorded London fatalities to be attributed to such an occurrence.
  • Thursday7th April 1779: The Reverend James Hackman follows Martha Ray, a singer and the mistress of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. When she leaves the theatre after the performance, Hackman shoots her dead, seemingly out of jealousy.
  • Friday8th April 1908: Edward VII appoints Herbert Asquith as Prime Minister, following the resignation of his predecessor, Henry Cambell-Bannerman, due to ill health.

London Quote Of The Week

London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

View from the restaurant at the top of the National Portrait Gallery captured by tomdanvers via the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 03 April 2011