Tagged with London history

The English Mob

This is a beast that was often talked about in the 16th and 17th century – a faceless, formless mass of the underclass of humanity, threatening but never individually named. It seems it was made up of ‘masterless men’ in a world where everyone was supposed to be settled somewhere, so was either a master … Continue reading

Revolution and Women

The 17th century in Britain seems to have been a time when women were demanding rights and making a lot of noise and trouble. This is again from Stevie Davies Unbridled Spirits: At the Restoration, as the second Charles rode to his coronation, the conduits on the streets ran with wine. Charles’ procession passed beneath … Continue reading

London’s Biggest Celebration

This is an event that few people have ever heard of, yet seems to have brought the folk of these islands to a genuine frenzy: the return of Prince Charles from his failed attempt to woo the Spanish princess in 1623.They went mad because he failed, so the country was not at risk of being … Continue reading

Huguenot Summer

This is from an article by Boyd Tonkin on events to honour the 330th anniversary of the arrival of 50,000 Protestants who fled the terror of France: @In the handsome 1720s house on Fournier Street where she runs an antique business and cafe, Fiona Atkins unrolls a large and beautifully detailed hand-drawn map. Created by … Continue reading

The Importance of Archaeology

This is from an article in June’s Current Archaeology, by Sophie Jackson “Revisiting the Temple The Mithras project Back in 1954, Diana van Royen was one of the many thousands of people who queued to see the last weeks of the excavation of London’s Roman Temple of Mithras. This was one of the most extraordinary … Continue reading

Unposted Letters

This is a lovely little book I just found, by the author John O’London who claims they were intended as Letters to Gog and Magog journal, but were never posted. I have no idea who this man was, but he deserves to be better known; he dedicates his book to his daughter Sylvia Tempest Whitten, … Continue reading

Papist Fopperies

One of the biggest objections to Catholics during and after the Reformation was their use of human images, which is specifically banned in the Bible. This objection was waived centuries before to allow Christianity to spread, as the use of images is a powerful tool in evangelising. This is from John Evelyn’s Diary of 1672: … Continue reading

Alleged Hocussing and Robbery

This is from the London Standard, September 1849 Mary Ann Davis, an elderly woman of repulsive aspect, was charged on suspicion of having administered some stupefying ingredient to a young orphan girl named Sara Hurt, 14 year old, and with having subsequently robbed her of the greatest part of her clothing. Remanded till Tuesday next