Londoners rioted during the building of Somerset House because of the cost and behaviour of Lord Protector Somerset

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The London mob has a deserved reputation for violence and has lynched several politicians over the centuries

The Great Plague of London and how King Charles II fled the city

If you enjoyed the BBC series¬†Taboo –¬†you’re probably wondering what London was really like at that time. That violent drama is set in 1814, the late Georgian period, and as luck would have it, I own several guides to London from the first two decades of the nineteenth century. One from 1804 is especially descriptive […]

Dick Hughes is mentioned in the Newgate Calendar as a robber who came to London at the start of the eighteenth century to make money the dishonest way. He’d already been arrested and tried in Worcester for theft. On that occasion he’d been whipped at the cart’s tail “crying carrots and turnips” as he was […]

St Mary-le-Strand is the church that appears to be stuck in the middle of the road near Kings college and Somerset House. In fact, it’s been referred to as St Mary-in-the-way. This place of worship was designed by the architect James Gibbs and was one of fifty churches ordered to be built during the reign […]

Two men executed in south London for being gay – in 1743