Category Archives: London

Thirteen O’Clock

Snippets 163. One of the great pioneers of the trivia book was Scottish Author Robert Chambers (1802-1871), who edited The Book of Days, from 1864. His work is packed full of fascinating information, and the following quote is taken from the … Continue reading

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Inland Sandcastles

Snippets 152.  In 1845 Victoria Park opened in London, and soon became a popular place for the working people of the East End of London to relax and enjoy playing games.  For many of the local children it would have … Continue reading

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Drapery Misses

Snippets 151.  In Lord Byron’s Don Juan there is a puzzling verse: The milliners who furnish “drapery Misses” Throughout the season, upon speculation Of payment ere the honey-moon’s last kisses Have waned into a crescent’s coruscation, Thought such an opportunity … Continue reading

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The Mischievous Physician

Christmas History 26.  It’s that time of year again!  The following quote is taken from An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Royal Hospital, published in 1805, and is an anecdote about one of the physicians of the hospital at … Continue reading

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Funiculì, Funiculà? “One-an-threppence”

Snippets 128. When the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius opened in 1880, renowned Neapolitan journalist Peppino Turco came up with the idea of a commemorative song and made the suggestion to composer Luigi Denza that he could put … Continue reading

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A Ghost in the Night

Creepy History 23. For the last Creepy History blog post we looked at a quote from At Home and Abroad, by Bayard Taylor, published in 1859. Taylor was a successful American poet, who used his earnings from his poetry to … Continue reading

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Northern Lights in London

Snippets 87. The Royal Society of London Journal is one of the greatest sources of historical information available. Established in 1665 as the first exclusively scientific journal in the world, it has been in continuous publication ever since. The remit … Continue reading

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