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In search of “Eighteenth-Century Doorway, Elder Street, Spitalfields”

There is a scene at the beginning of the Westworld TV series where a man from the modern world steps through the doors of the theme park to…

Lincoln’s Inn

One of the most interesting facts – and there are many – about Lincoln’s Inn is that the Elizabethan playwright and actor Ben Jonson, a contemporary and rival…

St John’s Churchyard, Wapping

Not much is left of St John the Evangelist Church in Wapping. It dates from the middle of the eighteenth century but did not survive World War Two….

Paddington Green, an actress that’s seen better days

Sarah Siddons sits on her marble throne looking as theatrically pissed off as only a former acting superstar (missing her nose) can. Living through the heady years of…

Woburn Walk

One great pleasure of walking the streets of London is to turn a corner, wander down an unfamiliar street and find something at the end of it that…

A sitch in time

George Washington & Co founded the United States of America in 1776.  In London, W.Sitch & Co founded a new company in the same year. Despite being as old…

Pond Square, Highgate

There were two ponds here originally. Both man-made, the first had been single-handedly dug out by a local hermit in the fourteenth century, possibly as a hobby in…

A Dickens of a discovery

Walking along Cleveland Street in the direction of the Euston Road there is a small Georgian house at no.22, now an old-fashioned shop selling buttons, with a black…

A Sex Pistol sang in Nightingale Lane

Nightingale Lane runs from Clapham Common to Wandsworth Common and was originally a rural track that local yokels used to drive their cattle from one common land to…

The law of unintended circumstances…

….and an argument against stupid taxes. In 1696 some clever clog decided to tax windows. You had to pay an extra tax for each window in your home….