On this day: Waterloo Station opened in 1848

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Plan of Waterloo Station as it was in 1888.

Waterloo Station in 1888

On the 11th of July, 1848 London’s Waterloo Station opened. Known at the time as Waterloo Bridge Station, it didn’t adopt its current name until 1866.

The station was renovated and expanded in in 1854, 1860, 1869, 1875, 1878 and 1885, and was then rebuilt to incorporate the London Underground from the end of the century into the early 1900s.

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On this day: The world’s first adhesive postage stamp in 1840

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On the 1st of May 1840, the world’s first adhesive stamp was issued in Great Britain.

Called the “Penny Black”, it featured a profile of Queen Victoria.

The stamp came into public use on the sixth of the month. This particular stamp was in production until February 1841.

The Penny Black was the world's first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May 1840, for official use from 6 May of that year and features a profile of the Queen Victoria.

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On this day: The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common in 1848

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On the 10th of April, 1848, a “Monster Rally” of Chartists – The Great Chartist Meeting – took place on Kennington Common in London’s southeast. The event was photographed in what was one of the first pictures of a crowd ever taken.

The Chartist movement was a working-class movement for political reform, though it had faded out by 1850.

Six years later, Kennington Common was reopened as Kennington Park and to this day the area still provides that function.

The Great Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common in 1848

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