Bradshaw’s Hand Book, Part III, The West, District II (no.16) Charing Cross, Whitehall, Westminster

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Today’s route begins at Charing Cross and ends at Chelsea New Bridge, from where Mr Bradshaw suggests ‘..we can take an omnibus back to Charing Cross, or stroll leisurely through St James’s Park, by way of varying our return..’. Well, … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, Trafalgar Square (no.15)

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This post completes my last one, in which I was rained off! Trafalgar Square is today a great open space in the centre of the City of Westminster, a major tourist attraction, known all over the world. These explorations with Mr … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, Part III – The West, The Strand, including St Clement Danes (no.14)

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My spirits were low today, so, before embarking on ‘the route’ I visited Lincoln’s Inn to see  how the garden was progressing in our rather gloomy spring weather. It was beautiful, and tranquil. ‘We now proceed from Temple Bar westward, … Continued

East India Docks

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‘..About the middle of the seventeenth century the [East India] Company constructed a small wet dock at Blackwall for fitting out their vessels after launching from the adjacent shipbuilding yards. This dock was the first on the Thames to be … Continued

The Gagliano Ensemble at the National Gallery

The tradition of concerts in the National Gallery dates back to 1922 when students of the Royal College of Music gave the first musical performance in the Gallery. And ‘..when the National Gallery was founded in  1824, one of its stated … Continued

West India Docks

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Mr Bradshaw took me to the West India Docks one warm and sunny Friday afternoon, a rare gift of a day in London this year. I loved it. Map and camera in hand, I marched resolutely amongst the remains of … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, PART II, Third Day’s Route, District I, Limehouse and the West India Docks (no.10)

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The Limehouse Cut, joined the Limehouse Basin, and the Thames, with the River Lea and was the first navigable canal cut in London. The Limehouse Basin was built in 1820 for the transfer of goods to barges for the Cut, and thence … Continued

The London Docks

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The London Docks are no longer functioning dockyards, although the Shadwell Basin remains as a leisure centre for water sports. I returned to take photographs and to follow the remains of the lines of the Docks, using the information above, … Continued

St Katharine’s Dock

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  I returned to St Katharine’s Dock to take photographs. A previous post has the historical background, and as you can see the layout remains the same, with lock entry from the Thames, basin, and east and west docks.

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