This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 12th December 1988: Three commuter trains collide near Clapham Junction in south west London. 35 people are killed, and more than 100 injured.
- Tuesday – 13th December 1995: Riots break out in Brixton, following a protest over the death of a 26 year old man whilst in police custody.
- Wednesday – 14th December 1836: Tooley Street Station is opened as the London terminus of the London and Greenwich Railway. It would later be joined by other lines, and would be renamed London Bridge Station.
- Thursday – 15th December 1906: The Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway is opened, running from Finsbury Park to Hammersmith. It would later become the Piccadilly Line, and 71 years later…
- Friday – 16th December 1977: … an extension to Heathrow Central is opened by the Queen, providing the most inexpensive way of travelling to the airport from central London (just 80p at the time).
Random London Quote Of The Week
London, thou art of townes A per se.
Soveraign of cities, seemliest in sight,
Of high renoun, riches and royaltie;
Of lordis, barons, and many a goodly knyght;
Of most delectable lusty ladies bright;
Of famous prelatis, in habitis clericall;
Of merchauntis full of substaunce and of myght:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.
William Dunbar, In Honour of the City of London