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The Eleanor (Charing) Cross

The story of the Eleanor Cross begins with the death of Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I, on 28th of November 1290. A series of twelve crosses marked the resting places of the funerary cortège which began in Nottingham, where Eleanor died, and made stops at towns between Lincoln and Westminster Abbey. Charing Cross was the last step. Medieval ...
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York Water Gate. London. Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net).

The York Watergate

When the Duke of Buckingham ordered his York House (approximately located at present day 38 Strand) to be modernised in 1623, “it was customary for nobility to be conveyed by water” [1] while the less convenient carriages were preferred for state purposes. This made the building of private watergates by the river very common in noblemen’s houses, “and stairs led ...
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King’s College London Chapel Preservation Project

K/PH1/9/1 [1859] Print of an engraving showing the proposed design for the King’s College London Chapel by George Gilbert Scott produced by J Frayton Wyatt. King's Archives.At King’s College London Archives our remit is to preserve and provide access to the material in our care. This project is an experiment in how we might apply that philosophy to digitally preserve ...
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Let’s All Go Down the Strand – For the Age of Brexit

One night half a dozen toffs met together in Westminster A severing from the continent was planned Empathy and sense were summarily banned ‘Let’s inflame irrational nationalism! It won’t hurt us when it backfires’ Decorate a bus in lies Lie some more when they ask why And then dance around the union’s funeral pyre Let's all go down the Strand ...
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Twinings portico ©Heather Tweed

Twinings and Lloyds Intertwined

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. Thomas Twining, 1675-1741, by William Hogarth Walking along the Strand in 1706 a waft of aromatic coffee and stimulating ...
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The Mau Mau Case: Post-Colonial Justice on the Strand

“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 Justice, was the site of ...
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Monet Waterloo Bridge

Monet’s Pied-à-terre

"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 later visits, he stayed in ...
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Streetkind UK on Southampton Street

‘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 Ijlal and the busy team ...
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Savoy 'out' sign

A Smoking Rebellion at the Savoy?

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 public, chose The Savoy as ...
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