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A fascinating tale of London as instructed during the structures, parks, and palaces which are now not there


From bull earrings to ice festivals and plague pits to molly homes, it is a really intriguing journey via London's forgotten past—unearthing both the striking tales that lie underneath ordinary streets and the secrets and techniques hidden away within the city's darkest corners. It will pay witness to numerous lascivious acts at the Vauxhall excitement Gardens, the best venue for public leisure within the urban for over two hundred years, and strolls the vacant halls of the Palace of Whitehall, whose 1,500 rooms made it the most important royal place of abode in Europe until eventually it used to be destroyed by way of hearth on the finish of the seventeenth century. fantastically illustrated with unique black-and-white drawings all through, this captivating tome covers greater than one hundred fifty locations, including buried rivers, demolished constructions, ghost tube stations, overgrown cemeteries, underground Roman streets, deserted bunkers, and derelict catacombs.

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The positioning used to be later switched over right into a Baptist chapel, even though the unique frontage survives. The puppy and Duck Southwark A recognized PUBLIC condominium, NAMED AFTER both the form of the close by ponds or the behavior of permitting canines to chase the geese that lived on them. The pub received a name not just for its wearing contests but additionally for its health-giving waters. offered at 4d a gallon and urged through no much less a determine than Dr Johnson to his good friend Mrs Thrale, the waters have been marketed in 1731 as being a medication for ‘rheumatism, stone, gravel, fistula, ulcers, cancers, eye sores, and in every kind of scorbutic instances no matter what, and the restoring of misplaced appetite’. If fit pageant used to be extra your factor, in 1711 the pub hosted a ‘grinning fit’ during which contestants, to the accompaniment of song, competed for a gold-laced hat. The puppy and Duck used to be a lot enlarged through the years to incorporate a bowling alley and an organ for well known live shows. yet unlike the within reach Vauxhall Gardens, it received a negative popularity, attracting because it did ‘riff-raff and the scum of the town’. quite a few highwaymen of the 18th century made point out of the pub and in 1787 it used to be refused a licence till the Mayor of Southwark intervened. It was once back refused one in 1796, at which level it replaced from a public apartment right into a vintners, which wanted no licence to function. It closed down altogether 3 years later. With the pub demolished, the positioning turned domestic to St Bethlehem whilst it moved from Moorfield in 1811. A stone plaque from the puppy and Duck, portraying a sitting puppy with a duck in its mouth and bearing the date 1617, used to be integrated into its partitions yet used to be later moved to the Cuming Museum in Lambeth. puppy Finders ONE procedure THAT a few terrible LONDONERS used to earn a living was once the trick of ‘lurking’ or puppy discovering. Henry Mayhew interviewed one puppy finder for his nice paintings on London, a guy named Chelsea George who have been trained as a gents yet had fallen on not easy instances. Chelsea George had a crafty approach. He may paint his hand with gelatine combined with pulverized fried liver after which technique a puppy that regarded ‘a most probably spec’. Rubbing his hand at the animal’s nostril, it quickly grew to become a keen captive. He could abduct the animal with a sack he carried for the aim, then have flyers published pointing out ‘Dog Found’. He published one at an area public apartment with a pleasant landlord and the opposite he saved on his individual. while the dog’s proprietor approached the publican, they have been directed to George, who may produce the opposite flyer – asserting he had come upon it throughout the day – and go back the puppy for a present. Mayhew believed Chelsea George had run this trick for almost fifteen years ‘without the slightest imputation on his character’, incomes him an annual source of revenue of round £150 (which in Victorian London placed him on a par with a headmaster, and method above a labourer who may perhaps anticipate £25 in step with year). Don Saltero’s espresso condominium Chelsea A CHELSEA establishment for nearly a hundred and fifty YEARS, Don Saltero’s was once opened in 1695 by way of one James Salter, a barber and previous servant of Sir Hans Sloane.

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