Metropolitan Police Coat Hook – London, England – Atlas Obscura

Well, I never knew that but I bet you did, Pete!

To become a London cabbie requires more than guidebooks and a smart phone. There is a test—some say the world’s toughest test—known as The Knowledge. In order to pass, a driver needs to navigate the city’s 25,000 streets without a map or help from GPS, and identify every possible tourist spot, no matter how obscure. Case in point: Great Newport Street’s Metropolitan Police coat hook…

Source: Metropolitan Police Coat Hook – London, England – Atlas Obscura

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10 notable blue plaques of London – 4. Oldest surviving blue plaque commemorating a woman… | Exploring London

fanny-burney-plaqueMuch has been made about the dearth of women featured on blue plaques in this 150th year [2016] of the scheme – according to English Heritage, only 13 per cent of the 900 odd blue plaques in London …

Source: 10 notable blue plaques of London – 4. Oldest surviving blue plaque commemorating a woman… | Exploring London

The Birth of London’s 1950s Bohemian Coffee Bars Documented in a Vintage 1959 Newsreel | Open Culture

To understand how the coffee-house culture we know across the world today took its shape, we have to look back to London in the late 1950s, specifically as captured in the Look at Life newsreel on the city’s bohemian coffee house boom just above.

“Coffee is big business,” says its narrator, over a montage of neon signs advertising places like The Coffee House, Las Vegas Coffee Bar, Heaven & HELL Coffee Lounge, and La Roca. “The coffee bar boom in Britain began in 1952, when the first espresso machine arrived from Italy and

Source: The Birth of London’s 1950s Bohemian Coffee Bars Documented in a Vintage 1959 Newsreel | Open Culture

Rarely seen color images of London during World War II

Dec. 10, 1943 St. Paul’s cathedral stands intact amid buildings destroyed by bombing.

The mostly-forgotten Dufaycolor process allowed photographers to capture vivid color images during the 1940s.

Source: Rarely seen color images of London during World War II

The Silvertown Tragedy: Explosion on the Home Front | Heritage Calling

100 years ago today, on 19th January 1917 at 6.52pm, a catastrophic explosion at the Brunner Mond and Company’s high explosive TNT factory in Silvertown, East London killed 73 people and injured hu…

Source: The Silvertown Tragedy: Explosion on the Home Front | Heritage Calling

8 Historic London Shopfronts | Heritage Calling

Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London E1

Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London E1

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of sho…

Source: 8 Historic London Shopfronts | Heritage Calling

Two Nerdy History Girls: Before Refrigerators: The Ice House

Ice houses weren’t as rare in England as the excerpt fromAckermann’s Repository for June 1817 makes one believe. Neither were baths, for that matter. And London did have its share of both. In the 17th century, King Charles II had…

Source: Two Nerdy History Girls: Before Refrigerators: The Ice House

Cutting and pasting Chinese pictures | Treasure Hunt

Detail of the Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese Bedroom which dates from the construction of the room c.1760.This overmantel section differs much in colour and design from the paper on the other walls.

Detail of the Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese Bedroom which dates from the construction of the room c.1760.This overmantel section differs much in colour and design from the paper on the other walls.

This picture, showing Chinese figures in a landscape, hangs above the chimneypiece in the Chinese Bedroom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. The outlines of the imagery were printed with carved woodblocks…

Source: Cutting and pasting Chinese pictures | Treasure Hunt

October 27, 1666: I Did It with My Box of Matches – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

When the ashes settled after the great Chicago Fire, folks looked to assign blame and pointed their fingers at a cow.  The English were also looking to fix blame for a fire some two centuries earli…

Source: October 27, 1666: I Did It with My Box of Matches – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video from the Archives: A Glimpse Back to the Edwardian Past, c. 1900

This isn’t a single video, but a series of short, silent clips pieced together. The description notes that it’s also been “enhanced,” with the focus sharpened and the speed made consistent. That said, it’s a wonderful slice of Edwardian life, a medley of street scenes, factory-dominated landscapes, amusement parks, family

Source: Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video from the Archives: A Glimpse Back to the Edwardian Past, c. 1900

Who shot Edward Vyse in the head? The Corn Law Riots, 1815 – About1816

In 1815 the soldiers and sailors won the war against Napoleon but the government handed the victory to the landlords. They had profited from the high price of   grain during the war blockade, and s…

Source: Who shot Edward Vyse in the head? The Corn Law Riots, 1815 – About1816

Ballooning in Bowler Hats: Early Images From Victorian Skies | Heritage Calling

We have recently acquired the earliest surviving aerial images of England, discovered last year at a car boot sale. They were taken between 1882 and 1892 from a balloon by photographer and ballooni…

Source: Ballooning in Bowler Hats: Early Images From Victorian Skies | Heritage Calling

REVIEW: Bridge | the Exhibitionologist

Part of Henry Aston Barker’s magnificent panorama of London from 1792, London from the roof of Albion Mills. Blackfriars Bridge, one of the great architectural achievements of Georgian London, was London’s newest bridge at the time and dominates the picture (© Museum of London)

It’s a well-known fact that without the River Thames, there would never have been a London. The Romans, who first founded Londinium in the first century AD, used the river to connect their new prov…

Source: REVIEW: Bridge | the Exhibitionologist