This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 9th January 1806: Following a grand state funeral, the body of Lord Nelson is buried beneath the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.
- Tuesday – 10th January 1985: A massive gas explosion demolishes a block of flats in Putney, south west London – killing 8 people and injuring dozens more.
- Wednesday – 11th January 1864: Charing Cross railway station is opened.
- Thursday – 12th January 1619: The Banqueting House at Whitehall is destroyed by fire. It would soon be rebuilt.
- Friday – 13th January 1583: Eight people are killed when scaffold seating collapses at the Bear Garden - an arena for bear-baiting and other ‘animal sports’ at Bankside.
Random London Quote Of The Week
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In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow
At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore
Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more.
Yet in its depth what treasures!
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Letter to Maria Gisborne