The Fellowship of Free Porters claimed its origins lay in the 13th century porterage gangs, but couldn’t survive the seismic changes of the 19th century. I chart its chaotic and tragic collapse mainly through the eyes of newspaper journalists.
The London Wanderer Posts
The problem of buildings falling down has existed since time immemorial. I’ve picked a selection of unusual incidents caused by poor design, subsidence or simple wear & tear
A small courtyard just north of Ely Place in Holborn seems to have collected more than its fair share of fascinating myths and legends.
The Belle Époque produced some extraordinary London hotels. In this post I briefly consider the life and times of two of them – near neighbours in Bloomsbury.
Why does a branch of Marks & Spencer have such a strange name? The answer can be found 250 years ago …
The everyday story of the last surviving Thameside warehouse in the Square Mile, featuring tea, Frankenstein, arson, frost fairs, John the pony and Timothy West.
The heyday of real tennis was in the 16th and 17th centuries. I take a look at its physical history, and what there is of a physical present.
How the citizens of the City of London created unique identifiers to help differentiate the 100+ churches in the Square Mile.
Having earlier written a post based entirely on architecture related to cars, I’ve now tried my hand at something similar for man’s best friend.
With tongue at least partially-in-cheek, let me propose three possible post-Covid business opportunities in the heart of the City.