Many superstitions during the Tudor period dated back to traditions and beliefs from much earlier times.
One of the interesting things about visiting an attraction like Bletchley Park is seeing it evolve over that time, not only from investment, but also evolution in understanding what they did!
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) was a poet and writer and has become the second-most frequently quoted writer
Peter Rabbett, Jeremiah Fisher, Mr Nutkins, Mr Brock and Mr McGregor have all been found on stones at Brompton cemetery
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 – 1927) was a writer, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat, which was published in 1889.
The two storey Swiss Chalet, where Dickens wrote some of his greatest works, was used by him from 1865 until his death in 1870.
Sir Hans Sloane was born in 1660 in the North of Ireland, in relatively modest circumstances
In Elizabethan times, plays generally took place at 2pm in the afternoon, with the actors rehearsing the play in the morning and putting it on in the afternoon.
Hyde Park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 when he took land from Westminster Abbey to be used as a hunting ground.
Ley lines are ancient, straight 'paths' or routes in the landscape which are believed to have spiritual significance.
Thomas Coram was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset in 1668, his mother died when he was three years old and his father was believed to be a master mariner.
Edith Margaret Williams was born in 1872 in Bath and become a ‘physical culture’ instructor specialising in gymnastics, boxing and wrestling.
Many of the jobs created in London’s docks during the 19th century were badly paid. Others were seasonal or casual, which meant that people were only paid when work was available.
The first painting owned by the National Portrait Gallery was in 1856 and is known today as the Chandos painting.
Mithraism was a mystery religion centred on the god Mithras. It was practised in the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th century CE.
At last Sunday’s visit to the Queen’s Gallery, there was a painting on display called ‘The Lord Mayor’s Winter-Procession on the Thames‘.
Walking around the City of London, you might notice some light blue painted Police telephone posts.
Upon visiting Handel’s House Museum/Hendrix’s flat in London last Saturday, I noticed an odd looking object on the wall in the corner of Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom.
The Great Bed of Ware is an extremely large oak four poster bed which sits in room 57 of the V&A Museum.
Look closely at the walls of many medieval churches and, if the light is right, carefully inscribed marks can be seen.
The Thames depth varies along its route, at its source, at low tide its about 11 metres, at Woolwich its about 6.5 metres and at London Bridge its about 1.8 metres.
It’ll be fantastic when people asked you what you did for a living and you replied ‘lion tamer!’. But Frank Bostock could say that!
If you walk north down Bishopsgate for 5 minutes and you get a street off to the right called Folgate Street. At number 18, lies a museum house known as Dennis Severs’ House.
In 1917, there were 200,000 horses in London, today there are only 200 – of which 180 are stabled and used by the Household Cavalry and 20 are stabled in Bathurst Mews.
Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (56AD-120AD) was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire.
Thousands of Incendiary bombs fell on London during the Blitz (7 Sept 1940 – 11 May 1941) of WW2
The name’s Dee, John Dee, 007! This doesn’t sound as convincing as the name’s Bond, James Bond, but the origins of James Bond’s 007 code number goes back over 400 years!
Have you have seen the chains that loop along the Thames foreshore wall (river side) in central London?