Workers at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London remove scaffolding from the Victoria Tower. The image appeared in The Illustrated London News on the 20th of March, 1954.
From The Londonist, via the British Newspaper Archive.
Oxford Street, London’s famous shopping boulevard, suffered heavy damage from German bombing during the Second World War.
On the night of 17-18 September, 1940, some of London’s best-known establishments were hit.
Women’s London is the only guidebook that focuses on the women who have shaped London through the centuries and the legacy they have left behind. This new book provides the perfect opportunity to explore sights, statues, plaques and buildings associated with famous and some not so famous women who have left their mark on London’s heritage, culture and society. Their stories include scientists and suffragettes, reformers and royals, military and medical pioneers, authors and artists, fashion and female firsts … and more. The author, a popular London tour guide and lecturer, specialises in women’s history and has provided a series of original self-guided walking tours taking you to historic areas where important women lived, worked and are commemorated. Illustrated with new full-colour photography and specially commissioned maps, Women’s London will inspire visitors and Londoners alike to discover how much London owes to women.
It’s always nice to have historical nonfiction that tells the stories of women. For centuries the world in general has perpetuated the myth that men were the only people who ever achieved anything, which of course is incorrect.
Women’s London gives you information about some of history’s most famous women, but it also tells you some stories about the lesser-known women in the history of the city. For example, we learn of London’s first female cab driver (women were barred from the profession until 1977!).
While interesting, the copy of the book I read had some very problematic formatting. Even big-name guidebook companies like Lonely Planet struggle to make their ebooks accessible, so that’s no surprise.
An interesting book, with some layout issues that will confuse you.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.
I have no idea why it keeps starting partway through!
Plenty of Winter Olympics-watching happened this week. The best moment was Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning ice dance gold.
This week marked four years since the pro-Russian snipers opened fire on the public in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. The war rages on, even though I haven’t seen it in the Australian, European, or American news for a long time.
However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.
One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.
Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.
Okay , so this was Sunday afternoon in Canberra *last* week, but I wanted to share.
Gorgeous winter days here. This was Tuesday afternoon.
But then it got a bit foggy a few days later!
We started the week with the Queen’s Birthday holiday, and the week seemed to go fast from there!
My God, that fire in London was awful. My last home in the city was very close to the location of the fire – my street (in Notting Hill) is in the picture above. England can’t catch a break at the moment.
I’m postponing my review of The Secret Marriage Pact until tomorrow.
It’s a little hard to pick and choose what tragedy to be sad about these days (I will point out that there’s been a severe escalation in fighting in Ukraine in the past couple of weeks – it’s not on the news).
However, I’m going to have to do a “Poor London” post #3 for the year, because of the fire yesterday.
I spent more than half of the time I lived in London renting not too far from where this disaster happened. You can see my street in the Notting Hill area (the curvy streets on the right) in the picture.
The nature of this event is shocking, as is the obvious corruption that helped to cause it.
I know better than anyone that there’re terrible things in the world that get no media attention, while other things are focused on by the media the world over. But these London attacks…
For the first year I lived in London I walked the exact route Saturday night’s terrorists took every week. I lived and worked in that general area, and crossed London Bridge (note, ignorant media and celebrities: not Tower Bridge!) all the time.
The world has lost its mind.