Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The West, District III, St James’s Square (no.24)

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Mr Bradshaw briefly mentions St James’s Square as ‘..the most fashionable in London..’, but this only teases and I need to explore for a fuller picture of aristocratic life around the Palace of St James in earlier times. Today St James’s Square remains exclusive, … Continued

The Fountains of Trafalgar Square

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Bradshaw in hand I wrote this post, and discovered that the fountains in Trafalgar are second-generation – the originals were shipped to Canada. Well, one thing leads to another and here is an unintended exploration of the Fountains of Trafalgar Square!

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The West, Day 5, District III, St James’s Palace and Green Park, (no.21)

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In the 1100s Henry II granted a charter to the Sisters in charge of the Hospital of St James for leprosy sufferers, in the parish of St Margaret’s, Westminster. (Fascinating Gresham Lecture on Medieaval Hospitals here.) The Hospital may have dated … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, The West, Day 5, District III, St James’s Street (no.22)

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St James’s Street changed dramatically during the 19th century when grand club houses replaced residential housing and coffee and chocolate houses, although the purpose of the area remained roughly similar (Peter Ackroyd‘s ‘continuation of purpose’ again).

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, The West, District III, Pall Mall, (no.19)

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This route covers the area known as St James’s which falls into three main parts (Pevsner): the L-shape of Pall Mall and St James’s Street, the 17C suburb planned by Henry Jermyn, Earl of St Albans, and centred on St James’s Square, … Continued

Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace, a Tudor map

This fascinating map (blog) really caught my imagination and when I found myself bombarding a friend with details I clearly had to explore the area in more detail, if only to protect his sanity! I was excited by the prospect of … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, Part III, The West – Westminster Abbey and precincts (no.17)

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Westminster Abbey, says Mr Bradshaw is a ‘..magnificent edifice, .. said to have been founded by Sebert, King of the East Saxons in 616. This spot of ground was then a small insulated tract, surrounded by the Thames, and called Thorney Island..’. … Continued

Parliament Square

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This extraordinary and iconic space carries a weight of history. A Hall over 1,000 years old – And memorials to men who have shaped history –

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