A Bouquet for Bradshaw

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Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London has recently taken me to two Inns of Court – Lincoln’s Inn  and Gray’s Inn – and because these posts take time and today is busy I am going to share with you some of … Continued

Evening in the City

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As I walk around London with Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, my thoughts and eyes are frequently diverted from the serious job of exploration.

Barnard’s Inn

Barnard’s Inn today is a secret place, entered through a doorway on Holborn which gives no hint of the history through the doorways and narrow corridors. (Authoritative article here.) By 1435 a School of Law had been established on the site … Continued

Freemasons’ Hall – Stunning Art Deco

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‘..Freemasons’ Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on … Continued

‘Nude Girl’ by Ernest Schaufelberg

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Mr Bradshaw and I were wandering in the streets around Covent Garden, and in Russell Street is The Fortune Theatre opened in 1924, the first theatre to be built in London after WWI. Mr Bradshaw could not have known the … Continued

The Bishops’ Tree at Fulham Palace

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Fulham Palace has been the country seat and home of the Bishops of London since about 700. It is surprising sight, perhaps unduly neglected, but now undergoing major renovation. In the grounds is the Bishops’ Tree.

Curious textual similarities?

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Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London 1862 says of Seven Dials on p.120: ‘..The angular direction of each street renders the spot rather embarrassing to a pedestrian who crosses this maze of buildings unexpectedly, and frequently causes him to diverge from the road … Continued

The Statues of Soho Square

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Mr Bradshaw and I have joined a writing challenge – a post a day for the month of November! Mr George Bradshaw wrote his Hand Book to London in 1862 but I enjoy his company very much indeed, and writing every day … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book, Sixth Day, The West, Berkeley, Grosvenor, & Portman Squares (no.32)

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Mr Bradshaw accompanied me to London this afternoon for the first time since mid-September – I have missed him and today felt almost like a secret assignation. I set off rather nervously with my new camera. Mr Bradshaw launched himself: … Continued

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