This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 23rd July 1986: Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. As a wedding present (of sorts), the Queen grants them the title of Duke and Duchess of York.
- Tuesday – 24th July 1987: At the High Court, Jeffrey Archer wins damages of £500,000 in his libel case against the Daily Star. 14 years later he would be convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice for falsifying an alibi during the 1987 trial. He would eventually repay the £500,000 to the Daily Star.
- Wednesday – 25th July 1859: Vauxhall Gardens – a popular ‘pleasure garden’ based in Kennington, South London – are closed for good, following a couple of decades of disuse.
- Thursday – 26th July 1994: A car bomb explodes outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, injuring 20 people. Later that night, a second car bomb explodes outside the headquarters of an Israeli organisation in North Finchley, North London, injuring a further 6 people.
- Friday – 27th July 1694: Having been established to manage the nation’s finances (via a loan of £1.2 million to the government), the Bank of England is granted the Royal Charter.
London Quote Of The Week
Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.