Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 56 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Queen Victoria Street

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday4 November 1871: Queen Victoria Street, providing a new route from the Bank of England to the Houses of Parliament (via Victoria Embankment), is opened.
  • Tuesday5 November 1605: Following a tip-off, a party of armed men led by a Justice of the Peace discover Guy Fawkes guarding a large amount of gunpowder and incendiary materials in the vaults under the House of Lords.
  • Wednesday6 November 1869: Queen Victoria opens Blackfriars Bridge, and then Holborn Viaduct.
  • Thursday7 November 1783: John Austin, having been convicted for ‘cruel highway robbery’, becomes the last person to be hanged at the Tyburn gallows near Marble Arch.
  • Friday8 November 1674: John Milton, author of 'Paradise Lost', dies of gout in his house at Finsbury.

Random London Quote Of The Week

How it would amuse me to scandalise the whole of London! It's so secure, so fatuous, so conventional... so well-dressed, so up-to-date, hierarchical…

Vita Sackville-West

Photo by tubb via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 03 November 2013