Monday, 3 September 2018

Museum of London

London Made at the Museum of London
Need any more be said?
The Unfinished City is home to hundreds of museums, the majority of which are free to enter. Currently my favourite museum is the Museum of London, which charts the history of our great city from prehistoric times right through to the present day. It is an absolute joy to explore and I always learn something new, from each visit.

Having said that, until recently I had never explored the entire museum. This was usually because of time constraints, or popping in for a quick exploratory, while waiting for the rain to alleviate.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

London's Roman Fort, Walls & Bastions

Part of the Roman Fort, London Wall
Part of the Roman Fort Wall and Bastion 14, London Wall.
I have always had a fascination with the Romans and, by extension, there creation of Londinium, so I have always looked forward to visiting as much of the remaining wall and fortifications, as I can.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Bunhill Fields

Daniel Defoe's Grave, Bunhill Fields
The grave of Daniel Defoe.
I had long wished to visit Bunhill Fields Burial Ground and Gardens, as, sometimes, these are often overlooked places that many find macabre. However, places like this offer a wonderfully peaceful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Plus, there are always the graves of important people, mixed in the ordinary, everyday tombstone. Bunhill Fields contains many graves, but some of the more famous are those of Daniel Defoe and William Blake, the latter of which is just a marker stating that he is buried close by. This is set to change, as his actual burial site has now been found, and a new gravestone will be unveiled, soon.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Coal Plates

Hayward Brothers Coal Plate
A typical Hayward Brothers Coal Plate, that is roughly 150 years old.
While walking the streets of London, I always make sure to look down as well as up. It was on one of walks from Kensington to Baker Street, via a convoluted route, that I properly noticed these small, iron plates. I had passed them many times before, but I had never really paid them much attention. What a mistake?!

These are Coal Plates, which are fast vanishing from London's streets. Some of them are plain, while others are quite ornate. Some have no wording, which makes it difficult to identify the manufacturer, while others are proudly stamped with the ironmongers name, or company.

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