.’. Ancient Lights .’.

Around London you can find remains of an old City lost in alleys, mews, streets and pubs, a City that never stops bringing you surprises. Another great find are the few signs which read: ‘Ancient Lights’. What does this means???? “Ancient lights” …

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Around London you can find remains of an old City lost in alleys, mews, streets and pubs, a City that never stops bringing you surprises.

Another great find are the few signs which read: ‘Ancient Lights’. What does this means???? “Ancient lights” is a colloquialism for the “right to light”. 

The law of Ancient Lights means that any building in England which has been in place for 20 years can put up a notice which reads ‘ancient lights’ to ensure that the light coming into the building isn’t affected by a new building being built too close. It dates from the 13th century, but was updated by the 1832 Prescription Act, and can apply to trees as well as walls, although it doesn’t apply to the loss of a view. It works: court cases have been won against those who have blocked out the light to a neighbouring house.

Author: Dani Middleton

I was born in Brazil in 1981 and lived there for 23 years before emigrating to the UK in 2005. I had read about England’s history since a young age however I moved here purely due to the history of London itself. Everything in this city fascinates me; from its parks, pubs and buildings to street names, post boxes and bollards. Watching children “beating the bounds” or the rose ceremony, you can never be tired of London. I love the quirkiness of the little alleys, the secrets of the forgotten architecture and how wonderful it can be to simply turn a corner and suddenly find a whole new world. I have worked in some remarkable places in London: museums, palaces, galleries, archives, even digging for the MoL on the Thames foreshore but I now work for Tower Bridge where, daily, I can see the City from a different point of view. Working for the City, learning its history and stories makes me eager to learn more. London is a flowing, living organism, with the old and new together transforming it every day, but always with its history at your fingertips. One step, an intricate Victorian coal hole; another step, an old Police box; yet another, an office block built seamlessly onto an old roman ruin. I am just a girl, lost in London trying not to find the way out but a way deeper, further inside what makes this city so… special, so… unique, so… me. I am a Londoner.

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