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Any interesting info about London ?

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GHeather Report 11 May 2013 18:23

Do you have any interesting info about London ? An old pub, or house, a certain Road or Street that you are interested in, named after etc... something you have found out while doing research into a family member living in London. Anything really, will be interesting to read, thanks.


Susan10146857 Report 11 May 2013 19:30

There are a couple of very interesting threads about London, you will find them in a search :-)


GHeather Report 11 May 2013 22:57

The oldest Church in London seems to be St.Bartholomew-the Great in Smithfield, Big Ben first bong rang out on the 11th July 1859. The oldest outside statue in London seems to be: Sekhmet. One of the first mayor's of London was Sir Richard Whittington (1350-1423), he held the post four times! The office itself actually goes back further to Henry Fitz-Ailwin de Londonestone in 1189. There has been about 700 Lord Mayors! Correct me if I'm wrong on any of the above, thanks. I wonder what is the oldest shop and pub in London... ?? What is the biggest statue in London ?


GHeather Report 11 May 2013 23:45

The Thames used to freeze over, and they used to have fairs on there... amazing! I wonder how thick/deep the ice was in the river ? Anyone know how long the fairs went on for ? Two or three weeks perhaps. I take it food was sold at these fairs, but what else I wonder ?


maggiewinchester Report 12 May 2013 01:03

Makes a mockery of 'climate change' :-D


CupCakes Report 12 May 2013 05:40

Just for now - Richard (Dick) Whittington - there is small statue of his cat encased in black raillings, near my house - so sad it is a bit tatty really and not looked after


Island Report 12 May 2013 10:06

It's life size NanaSue :-D Have you seen the one outside the Whittington Hospital?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 May 2013 10:09

Savoy Court (the taxi entrance to the Savoy hotel on the Strand) is the only street in the United Kingdom where vehicles are required to drive on the right


CupCakes Report 12 May 2013 10:48

Island - One of the same - lifesize I suppose - was thinking in terms of people's normal concept of what is a statue. Your coment made me look for a photo


MotownGal Report 12 May 2013 10:51

There is a 'cat' made of living flowers in the entrance of Whittington Park. New to me.


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 11:12

I think the largest statue is of the Duke of Wellington ?


DazedConfused Report 12 May 2013 11:41

Anyone who is interested in London, it's history and those who live in it would do well to listen to Robert Elms on Radio London - Mon-Fri 12-3 and Sat 9-12. Great music (you will not be finding music here that is played on the likes of R1 and Capital etc.)

And every Wednesday he does notes and queries on the oddities of London. Whereby listeners phone in with their queries about things they have seen and wonder why they are there or where they have come from, and then his listeners will phone in with the answers. I have been listening for over 15 years and there have in that time only ever been a few subjects queried that have never been resolved.

And at least twice a month on a Monday he has Dr. Laura Wright on, who is a linguisitic and looks in to the language and vagaries of our London usage of same.

A fantastic programme. If you love London life, its history, its people I can heartily recommend this show. Grown up radio for grown up listeners, with fun thrown into the mix. :-D :-D :-D :-D


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 11:45

The oldest statue was actually bought by someone for about 40 pounds, but they never came back to pick it up! Strange but true. It is now the oldest outside statue in London. It's an Egyptian lion-deity that is at the main entrance at Sotheby's at New Bond Street. It was carved in Egypt in about 1320 bc, amazing!


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 11:49

Thanks for that interesting info PigletsPal. :-D ;-) <3


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:02

The oldest shop and pub in London ? No one is sure about this ?


Island Report 12 May 2013 12:06

This is an interesting read GH


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:09

Thanks Island, I will take a look... :-)


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:14

I'm interested in things like what NanaSue wrote about the small statue of the cat, I never knew that, and find it interesting. :-)


MotownGal Report 12 May 2013 18:51

Actually the statue of the cat was moved. It used to be further down the hill, but is nearer the pub now.

The church of the Knights Templar opposite the Courts of Justice is well worth a look. It was in the Da Vinci Code. Amazingly it makes it look a lot larger than it actually is. Tis but a tiny place, was was partially bombed in the Second World War.


GHeather Report 12 May 2013 19:59

I think one of my Heather relatives was used as the face for a Peter Pan statue in a London Park. I will ask him again about this, it was his son.