JULY MISCELLANY

23 July, 2020

Apologies for not keeping up the regular flow of posts.  Here are a few items of interest to keep you going. Also I will do answers to the June quiz and try to develop a new one, but all in good time.

Those of us who visited Brompton Cemetery on a guided tour or those who regularly use it for exercise or a traffic free short cut will be interested to peruse the Royal Parks website as Brompton is the only nationalised cemetery, as we learnt, and now managed by them. A lengthy list of past celebrities with a page about them, try Reginald Warneford VC, Adelaide Nielson, Augustus Mears and Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. A further link gives details of the Cemetery in Film and the extensive Conservation Project.  For those that haven’t yet visited there is also a recent video of a walk in Brompton Cemetery on YouTube. Thanks to Vernon for the links.

We all know of Fulham Palace and some of its history Maya spotted this gem in Spitalfields Life  now featuring in the LBHF Libraries blog.  It is a charming photo-essay of a visit to the palace.  A delight to gardeners too.

Despite most of us being able to get out now there is still a little time for reading; my latest find is The AtoZ of History of

AtoZ History of London

The AtoZ History of London

London ISBN 9780008351762.  Not a deep history as it covers so much ground but it takes themes and follows them through maps.  Fascinating although the white print on a scarlet ground on one or two pages is hard for older eyes it is nevertheless a good read to dip in and out of.


CATCHING UP ON READING

19 April, 2020

Lockdown is a restriction but on the other hand it has opened up hours of time for all those things you meant to do.  Well the DIY list is going down but there are other activities too.  Here are some suggestions for old books or new books to read with a London bias.

Given the time available Hilary Mantel’s trilogy could be worth exploring:
Wolf Hall – 9780007230204
Bring up the Bodies – 9780008381684
The Mirror and the Light – 9780008366704

Peter Ackroyd has loads of books on London try:
London Under – 9780701169916

I am currently re-reading Claire Tomalin’s:
Samuel Peyps – The Unequalled Self – 9780140282344

For a less fact based read try:
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – 9780755322800
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor – 9780008119096

Enjoy – John H


LONDON – 2000 years of History

2 April, 2019

Just a quick note to say I watched this programme on My5 (channel 5’s version of i-player).  It is a rapid canter through loads of history but no less interesting for that.  The joy of course is that there are very few adverts when watching this way.  Worth a look there are only 4 episodes.