This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 20th June 1934: Work starts on dismantling the original Waterloo Bridge, designed by John Rennie and opened in 1821, to allow for a more structurally sound replacement. The first stone is removed by Herbert Morrison, leader of the London County Council.
- Tuesday – 21st June 1887: Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee with a procession through London that, according to Mark Twain, “stretched to the limit of sight in both directions”.
- Wednesday – 22nd June 1907: The deep-level ‘Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway’ opens. It would later form part of the Northern Line.
- Thursday – 23rd June 1912: Alan Turing is born in Maida Vale, West London. He would become a leading World War II cryptographer, whose techniques would be instrumental in breaking a number of German ciphers at Bletchley Park. He is considered by some to be the father of modern computer science.
- Friday – 24th June 1509: A lavish double coronation takes place in Westminster Abbey, as Henry VIII and his new wife, Catherine of Aragon, are crowned.
London Quote Of The Week
London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.