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Twinings and Lloyds Intertwined

By Heather Tweed | 13 October 2019 | 0 Comments

Part One Twinings has long been associated with fine teas but the company actually sprang from Tom’s Coffee House. This blog explores a little of that early history and links to Tweed family members who lie within my own ancestral tree. Walking along the Strand in 1706 a waft of aromatic coffee and stimulating chit…

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The Mau Mau Case: Post-Colonial Justice on the Strand

By Théophraste Fady | 7 October 2019 | 0 Comments

“This is a historic judgement today, which will have repercussions for years to come” – Leigh Day Prosecution team. The Mau Mau insurgency, also known in Britain as the ‘Emergency Period’, was an eight year span of violence in colonial Kenya (1952-60). In 2012, the British High Court of Justice, inside the Royal Courts of…

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Monet’s Pied-à-terre

By Théophraste Fady | 9 September 2019 | 0 Comments

“I find London lovelier to paint each day” – Claude Monet. Monet’s link to London Monet fell in love with London in 1870-71, while in exile from France, during the Franco-Prussian war. After his return to France he vowed to revisit London, which he did in 1899, 1900 and 1901. In each of these three…

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Streetkind UK on Southampton Street

By Francesca Allfrey | 26 August 2019 | 2 Comments

‘For several years my sister always came out and gave out little care packages for people sleeping rough’, Ijlal explains, ‘but we had our first outreach in March and then it’s been once a month every month since’. It’s 2:30pm on what, for many visitors to the Strand, is a regular relaxed Sunday. However, for…

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A Smoking Rebellion at the Savoy?

By Théophraste Fady | 12 August 2019 | 1 Comment

The Savoy hotel is a treasure trove of weird and intriguing events over the last century of Strand history. In 1896, per the Fairmont Hotel Group blog, the Duchesse de Clermont-Tonnerre was the first woman to smoke in public and did so at the Savoy. “The Duchesse de Clermont-Tonnerre, the first woman to smoke in…

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Maureen Duffy is a playwright, poet, novelist and biographer. She is also an activist, having spent much of her life campaigning for authors’ rights, human rights, gay rights and animal rights.

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The Strandlines digital community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

But it is also a place where residents, workers and visitors can engage with one another by sharing stories and images.

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

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  • A photograph of a building on the Strand, or of someone who used to live or work in the locality.
  • An object found on or near the Strand.

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