The latest strands


Lost buildings of the Strand

Aisha's 'Lost Buildings of the Strand' collection on Layers of London. Editor's note: below you can find teasers of Aisha Brady's research for her Layers of London collection 'Lost Buildings of the Strand'. Aisha researched this collection (and many more!) as a Layers of London and Strandlines collaborative volunteer. We are currently recruiting for more volunteers, apply by 7 February ...
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Can you volunteer for Strandlines and Layers of London?

If you're reading this on our website, we hope that you already know that Strandlines collects and shares histories and stories of this most central of London's streets. Why not browse some of our existing 'strands' to see what our contributors have preserved so far? Aldwych and the eastern edge of the Strand on the 1520 Tudor Map, courtesy the ...
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A short history of Great Queen Street

Great Queen Street, 1817, drawing by Bartholomew Howlett (1767-1827). Via Collage, London Picture Archive, catalogue number p5442553. Laid out around the time of construction of Covent Garden and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Great Queen Street, just to the North East of Covent Garden, was the third step of the quest for homogeneity that seventeenth-century London then wished to pursue. Following the ...
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Untitled Poem

Photograph and poem by Godelieve De Bree   *   12:26 I start, step onto the assigned street am struck by neon nails brought up to split of the lip then the orbs of sandwich in the cheeks of a crouching man, scornful of the city, he swallows. Conscious that every motion renders reality into oblivion behind me, I advance, ...
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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 (

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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