.’. Major General Thomas Harrison .’.

He was the first of the signatories of Charles I’s Death Warrant to be executed.

​Tied to a sledge he was pulled from Newgate Prison to Charing Cross. On ascending the scaffold, he refused to repent.

He was hanged with a short drop, once his body had stopped thrashing about he was cut down, and as he regained consciousness his shirt was pulled away.

The executioner then cut of his genitals, which were shown to him, then thrown into a bucket. He was held down while a red-hot metal was forced into his stomach.
While his innards were being burned in front of him, Harrison swung a punch and caught the executioner off-guard.

The embarrassed executioner lost his temper and killed Harrison.

Harrison’s head was severed, his heart cut out, and his body cut into four pieces.

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.’. Chimney .’.

Tower Bridge is full of hidden secrets, one of them is this lovely Chimney. 

At first glance it just looks like one of the blue lamp posts along the Bridge, but this is a chimney connected to a room below that was once used by the Royal Fusiliers protecting the Tower of London. 

To keep them warm they used the fireplace inside the guards room during their stay while protecting the Tower. 

London Clean Air Act came into force on 1956 after the Great Smog of 1952…and with that many Chimneys lost their use as only smokeless fuel was aloud in urban areas. 

.’. 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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“Funny” Visitor

People ask me if I do have a magnet field to CRAZY people with stupidy questions. My answer is: HELLS YEAH!!!!! Doesn’t matter where I work, the Crazy people always comes straight to me.

One day while doing Volunteer work at the British Museum a visitor asked:

Visitor: Can you help me some directions please?

Me: Off course, How can I help you?

Visitor: Do you know how to get to that building that looks like a dildo?

Me (in total disbelieve): Do you mean to Gerkin?

Visitor: If is the one that looks like a dildo yes….

 

WHERE THIS PEOPLE COMES FROM???? And WHY THE ALWAYS FIND ME???? I will post a story a day about those encounters. Believe me….I have LOTS!!!

.’. Visitor Question – chapter 1 .’.

Inside the Queens Gallery at the Leonardo do Vinci exhibition, visitor comes to me and ask:

Visitor: Who is Leonardo da Vinci?

Me: He was an Italian artist, an inventor and I even dare to say a cientist.

Visitor: Where does he lives now? Where can I meet him?

Me: Unfortunetly he passed away in 1519.

Visitor: So I can’t meet him?

Me: No. He is dead.

Visitor: And I can’t meet him?

Me: NO!!!!

The Past of Victoria Station

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On the entrances into Victoria station shows two tiled maps of train lines from Victoria Station. These date from the days that the station was part of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (1846 – 1922). This map shows the London Suburban Lines, the other is a map of the system and includes the boats to the continent.

The LB & SCR side of Victoria Station opened on 1 October 1860.