.’. Echoes Across the Century .’.

There is this exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery that explores personal stories of those involved in the First World War. 

I saw the exhibition a few times this week as I work there. I saw many exhibitions in my many years of working at Museums and Galleries but this one piece in this exhibition made my heart sink, made me think, made me cry alone at the Gallery, made me want to know this people, made me want to go home and hold the ones I love forever.

Collection of Tears by Jessie Ellman created in 1917 after the death of Lt. W.G. Hicks.

Bellow some of the sayings…

  • When we stood beneath the stars.
  • The kiss by the church.
  • Thinking of the day you asked me to marry.
  • I shall miss you so much.
  • Your last message of love 
  • The day I first saw you in uniform and realised it was real.
  • The day you left for France.
  • Everyday when I was afraid for you and had no news.
  • Dreams of our wedding day and our love.
  • The dead of all my hoped and dreams.
  • When they said they had news of you, and you had died. 3rd July 1917.

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.’. The Mercers’ Maiden – Corbet Court .’.

The Mercers’ Maiden is the symbol and the coat of arms of the Company.

She first appears on a seal in 1425. Her precise origins are unknown, and there is no written evidence as to why she was chosen as the Company’s emblem.

She always adorns the exterior walls of buildings on sites that belongs to the company.

 The one here is the earliest surviving Maiden property mark dating from 1669. It was reinstated on this site during redevelopment in 2004. 

You can find the map of all of them HERE and have some fun finding then.

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.’. Cousin Lane Drinking Fountain .’.

In an attempt to improve the water quality in London the Metropolis Water Act of 1852 made a “provision for securing the supply to Londo  of pure and wholesome water”.

Around the same time the “Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association” was formed. The only agency fir providing free supplies of water for man and beast in the streets of London. 

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.’. Unsung Heroes of Tower Bridge.’.

Discover the unsung heroes who have kept Tower Bridge in motion for over 120 years.

From coal stockers to cooks, visiting Tower Bridge and the Victorian Engines will take you back in time and make you feel how history is engraved in every corner of this iconic building. 

The new Walk of Fame is my favorite stop now…looking a lot like an old victorian Coalhole the walk shows you names of people who worked at the Bridge directing you to the old victorian Engines.

Know more about the People of Tower Bridge.

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.°. Monument Street.°.

I wonder what is going on at Pudding Lane near the Monument of the Great Fire.
Did they find something old?Any relation to the Roman Baths @ Billinsgate?
Whatever it is I am curious now to know what is bellow.
350 years ago we had the Church of Saint Margareth of New Fish Street that was destroyed at the 1666 Great Fire…and never rebuilt.

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.’. Muswell Hill Murderer .’.

.'. Muswell Hill Murderer .'.

I live in Melrose Avenue for just over a year now and only today I discovered this fact about my neighbor.
Dennis Nilsen know as Muswell Hill or Kindly Killer committed the murders of a minimum of 12 young men in a series of killings committed between 1978 and 1983.
His victims would be lured to these addresses through guile and all were murdered by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning. Following the murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims’ bodies, which he would retain for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains via burning upon a bonfire, or flushing the remains down a lavatory.

“I eased him into his new bed [beneath the floorboards] … A week later, I wondered whether his body had changed at all or had started to decompose. I disinterred him and pulled the dirt-stained youth up onto the floor. His skin was very dirty. I stripped myself naked and carried him into the bathroom and washed the body. There was practically no discoloration and his skin was pale white. His limbs were more relaxed than when I had put him down there”.
Nilsen’s written recollections of the ritual he observed after the murder of his first victim.

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July 2, 2014 · 2:57 pm

.’. Viaduct Tavern Cellar .’.

Built in 1869, this Tavern was named after the Holborn Viaduct. The tavern, with its beautiful and ornade interior, is a typical Victorian “gin palace”.

The Tavern is widely reputed to be haunted. There have been reports of strange occurrences in the main bar, in which glasses mysteriously getbroken, and drinks either completely disappear or are suddenly moved. Also, it is said that the ghost of a murdered prostitude haunts the ladies toilet, watch out for the lights in the toilet fading suddenly and then going on and off at speed. More ghostly activity is said ti be found in the cellars of the Tavern.

Before the tavern was built, part of the Giltspur Street Compter stood on this site. This was a prison, controlled by sheriffs, which was used mainly for holding debtos (in that time, people were sent to prison for being in debt) – THANK GOD NOT ANYMORE – and other offenders, but also for vagrants and people arrested at night (as watch houses were not allowed to keep prisoners). Some of the original cells from the Giltspur Street Compter can still be found in the basement of the tavern today. The cells are now used for storage, but at one time, they would hold up to sixteen prisioners at a time.

The unfortunate prisioners would beg for food and water through the ventilation grills in the pavement outside. It is in the cellar, where these old prison cells survive, that there have been several reports of a poltergeist (a noisy and aften mischievous spirit). If you would like to see the old cells and are not too afraid of encountering “Fred” (as the poltergeist is known) a member of staff will usully offer to take you down into the ancient cellar and give you a small tour. But please, do not ask if they are busy.

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