Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 63 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Dick Whittington

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday21 October 1421: Richard Whittington (the inspiration for panto character Dick Whittington), lays the foundation stone of the Greyfriars Library in Newgate Street.
  • Tuesday22 October 1809: The Croydon Canal, linking Croydon to Deptford via Forest Hill, is opened. Requiring 28 locks to overcome the gradients of the route, it would never become a commercial success, and would be closed just 37 years later.
  • Wednesday23 October 1731: A fire breaks out in Ashburnham House in Westminster, damaging much of the Cotton Library – a renowned collection of Middle English literature. Prompt action by the Speaker of the House of Commons manages to save about three quarters of the collection.
  • Thursday24 October 2003: Concorde’s final commercial passenger flight touches down at Heathrow airport.
  • Friday25 October 1976: The National Theatre on the South Bank is opened by the Queen, following several years of delays.

Random London Quote Of The Week

In London they don't like you if you're still alive.

Harvey Fierstein

Photo by bradman334 via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 20 October 2013