Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 60 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 13 May 1515: Mary Tudor, the younger sister of Henry VII, is officially married to Charles Brandon at Greenwich Palace (having previously secretly married in France a couple of months earlier).
  • Tuesday14 May 1842: The first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, the 'Illustrated London News' is launched, costing sixpence. It was still being published weekly as recently as 1971.
  • Wednesday15 May 1981: Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, is born in a private wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. She would become a very successful equestrian, and is currently 14th in line to the throne.
  • Thursday16 May 1968: A gas explosion causes the collapse of an entire corner of a newly constructed high-rise block of flats in Newham, East London, killing five residents. Unsurprisingly the flats are later deemed to be ‘structurally unsound’.
  • Friday17 May 1984: Prince Charles denounces an early proposed design of an extension to the National Gallery building on Trafalgar Square as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.

Random London Quote Of The Week

It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

Sherlock Holmes (via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, naturally, in The Copper Beeches)

Photo by M@.

Last Updated 12 May 2013


Prince Charles' speech was given on the 30th May, 1984 (See Telegraph, Time magazine, etc), not the 17th.


Actually it looks like the speech was given on the 29th and published the next day.