Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London and its Environs

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Bradshaw is guiding me through London in a series of Day Tours, pointing out significant buildings. I am following his routes carefully, but taking twice the time! Hints for further exploration are popping up: ‘fine warehouses‘ in the City are not … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, First Day’s Route, District II (no.2)

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Bradshaw’s District II begins at the intersection in front of the Mansion House. He notes the ‘..widening of the streets and other architectural improvements…which have made the busy region…worthy of the grandeur and importance of the first city in the … Continued

Mr Bradshaw & I; preparing for the First Day

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Mr Bradshaw gives a preamble to his guided tour – clearly I need to prepare thoughtfully before setting forth. London has doubled in the past 50 years – fifty of the main cities and towns in England would not equal … Continued

George Bradshaw

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George Bradshaw (29 July 1801 – 6 September 1853) was born at Windsor Bridge, Pendleton, in Salford, Lancashire. After school he was apprenticed to John Beale, a well-known engraver in Manchester, and in 1822 he set up his own business in Manchester as an … Continued

Research sources

Mr first day with Mr Bradshaw will be Thursday 24 January and I am researching my itinerary. I am developing a list with information about activities which I have found interesting and stimulating (and which are free!), as well as … Continued

Exploring London with George Bradshaw’s Hand Book

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Yesterday I purchased (‘bought’ doesn’t seem quite appropriate!) ‘Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London and its Environs, 1862’ at Foyles and next week, having done some homework, I will start exploring, guided by Mr Bradshaw of railway guide fame. The book … Continued

National Gallery

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square has free lunchtime lectures, 13.00, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Yesterday I settled down in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre with around 200 other people and it was marvellous! I learned about ‘Murillo’s depiction of life in … Continued

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