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  • Crossrail uncovers burial pit of Great Plague victims – IanVisits
    Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail s Liverpool Street building site The discovery was found during excavation of the Bedlam burial ground at Liverpool Street ahead of construction of the eastern entrance of the new Crossrail station Jay Carver Crossrail Lead Archaeologist said The construction of Crossrail gives us a rare opportunity to study previously inaccessible areas of London and learn about the lives and deaths of 16th and 17th Century Londoners A headstone found nearby was marked 1665 and the fact the individuals appear to have been buried on the same day suggest they were victims of The Great Plague The thin wooden coffins have collapsed and rotted giving the appearance of a slumped and distorted mass grave The skeletons will now be analysed by osteologists from Museum of London Archaeology MOLA and scientific tests may reveal if bubonic plague or some other pestilence was the cause of death This mass burial so different to the other individual burials found in the Bedlam cemetery is very likely a reaction to a catastrophic event Only closer analysis will tell if this is a plague pit from The Great Plague in 1665 but we hope this gruesome but exciting find will tell us more about the one of London s most notorious killers Carver added Excavation of the Bedlam burial ground began earlier this year The team of archaeologists from MOLA have carefully excavated over 3 500 skeletons from what is in archaeology terms London s most valuable 16th and 17th Century cemetery site The Bedlam burial ground was in use from 1569 to at least 1738 spanning the start of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/12/crossrail-uncovers-burial-pit-of-great-plague-victims/ (2016-02-16)
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  • See the Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass – IanVisits
    2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Sitting in a bit of a corner in the Maritime Museum can be found something that ideally shouldn t be there Shortly after the First World War the artist John Dudley Forsyth was commissioned to design a series of stained glass windows for the Baltic Exchange an ornate trading house in the City of London These windows formed part of a memorial to the 60 members of the Exchange who lost their lives during the war and were a centre piece to a sunlight dome that stood in the exchange There they would probably still be today if it wasn t for the actions of the IRA who in April 1992 detonated a van bomb right outside the building Of the 240 panels in the dome only 45 remained completely intact and the windows below were extensively damaged Although conservators planned to restore the glass they recovered from the site the damage to the building was too extensive and it was eventually demolished The Gherkin now sits on the site of the Baltic Exchange The glass though was still restored and rebuilt into the same half dome of the original And as the Baltic Exchange was a maritime exchange it was deemed fitting that the restored memorial be put on display inside the Maritime Museum Where you can still

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/10/see-the-baltic-exchange-memorial-glass/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London’s Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway – IanVisits
    29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life In 1939 Punch magazine published cartoons about a fanciful railway little realising that in the 1950s that fantasy railway would become reality and carry 2 million passengers The Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway was a narrow gauge railway created by Rowland Emett for the 1951 Festival of Britain and was erected in Battersea Gardens A whimsical view of British rural life and embodying his typical fanciful mechanics it echoed the similar works of Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg Three locomotives were constructed Nellie Neptune and Wild Goose The two stations were as whimsical as the locomotives The line opened on the 11th May 1951 and as many of the other attractions in the park were still unfinished the railway was an immediate hit with visitors looking for something to do The queues were sometimes 50 deep waiting for a ride At the Times newspaper noted the railway was watched by many people along the line not all of whom obeyed the public notice which declares that it is forbidden to tease the engines On the entrance to the small tunnel a sign warned do not feed the bats Sadly the fun railway had a darker side as it was also involved in a railway accident On the evening of July 11th two trains collided on a section of single track Mrs Mavis Roberts was killed and thirteen other people were injured by the collision The cause of the accident was later found to be driver error as one of the drivers forgot to check if the line was clear as

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  • Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport – IanVisits
    war to be particularly devastating But in 1941 Lord Reith the Minister for Works and Buildings commissioned RIBA to look at how London could be rebuilt when the war was finally over and amongst the many proposals to improve transport in London was a new airport Quite a few proposals had already been made for city centre airports of which more another day but these were wisely dismissed by RIBA as impractical What they proposed was not as an idea entirely unreasonable though A new inner London airport would be sited just to the north of the Isle of Dogs It would have had 6 runways although at just 6 000 feet long this was hardly a new heathrow we are talking about It was more for the sort of small aircraft that dominated at the time as the huge aircraft of today were barely considered possible The aim was to improve inter city transport for both humans and cargo Its location next to the docks was considered essential for the joined up transport that has long been a dream of city planners although in this case for the cargo side rather than human transport Rail and possibly tube train links were also proposed so the nascent Fleet Line could have come to Canary Wharf a full 50 years earlier than it eventually did Of course the airport was never built By the time it could have been it would have already been out of date as aircraft were increasing in size and needing longer runways The notion of lots of small planes was being superseded by the reality of fewer much larger planes Heathrow or London Airport as it was then was the preferred location for such giants of the sky Another part of the reason for the airport

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  • Gladiatorial fights return to London – IanVisits
    18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Over the next few days sweat and blood groans and cheers broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London A recreation of the sorts of gladiatorial games that would have been popular when the city was under occupation put on by the same people who have appeared in Hollywood movies and horrible histories And a very large affair it is Putting on a gladiator fight needs priestesses an Emperor with horse drawn chariot slaves to clean musicians to play umpires to adjudicate and gods to finish off the suffering Oh and fighters Who came out and offered the Hollywood salute of Ave Imperator morituri te salutant although said in English and unlike the Hollywood documentaries not with an American accent Unlike its seeming popularity in common imaginations in fact its highly unlikely that gladiators routinely said those who are about to die salute you in Latin or otherwise The games were a mix of fighters with grand background stories the roman legionaries who were caught in the wrong sort of fight the one caught inflagrante with the Emperor s wife the fallen soldiers And a couple of female gladiators No condemned slaves or Christians for burning this time It may have been mock but the audience was roused to foot stomping cheering of their man or woman and waving of hands to indicate if they wanted the defeated fighter to be executed I think the fighters from London won although this London champion most

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/08/gladiatorial-fights-return-to-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground A community action group has claimed a victory in a fight against TfL over controversial plans for a new car park on green belt land Local Guardian Man suffers broken jaw after fight breaks out over empty Tube seat Evening Standard Crossrail New book about Crossrail released IanVisits Mainline Overground HS2 s London to Birmingham railway may create just over half of the total economic gains predicted by the UK Government Imperial College GSM R coverage extended across Heathrow Express rail tunnel infrastructure Railway Review The new chief executive managing the regeneration of Old Oak Common has called for a design competition for a new landmark station at the site AJ Google Cache First Siemens Class 700 train for Thameslink arrives in UK Railway Technology Miscellaneous Brian the Whitton station cat keeping a watchful eye over commuters Local Times Unclaimed money on dormant Oyster cards soars to 170million Evening Standard As the tube strike rumbles on brands have continued to promote deals and giveaways through social media to commuters while charities and campaign groups have also used the strike to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/07/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-109/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Booking for 2015’s Open House Weekend opens shortly – IanVisits
    the middle of the day instead of frantically sitting at their desk at 9am or 10am or whenever it goes live Unfortunately it also means people request everything in the hope of getting something and sometimes are lucky enough to be double booked If you want an alleged heads up on the events you can buy the guide which will be posted to you I used to buy the guide every year but have frankly given up as for the past few years it either didn t arrive at all or arrived after the website went live I like to support the charity by buying the guide and as a bonus you used to get a few days advance warning of the website listings But not any more In fact I haven t done Open House for the past couple of years as I have been a volunteer at one of the venues open on the Saturday although for some reason we don t get the queue jump badges handed out to official volunteers to use the next day Anyway check out the Open House website on the morning of Friday 14th August Update the search page is now LIVE Open House Weekend takes place on 19th 20th September Sneaky trick Here s an insider s trick to finding some of the venues that will require booking Don t tell anyone I told you Shush Facebook 67 Google 5 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 19 19 91 london open house london open house weekend open house weekend 4 thoughts on Booking for 2015 s Open House Weekend opens shortly Jen Oram says August 6 2015 at 11 00 pm The guide s usually free in your local library but libraries seem rather vague about when it arrives or if they

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  • Book tours of the Government’s art collection warehouse – IanVisits
    Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Although the art collection owned by the Monarch is often on display at the various Royal Palaces and at the Queen s Gallery seeing the art owned by HM Government on our behalf is rather harder However more lunchtime tours of the Government Art Collection storage facility have been announced In a little known office in a side street the art collection store is actually right in the centre of London just off Tottenham Court Road map link It is here that Ministers or their advisors and diplomats sometimes come to see what they might like to hang on their walls Some have strong views about what they want while others are more open to using the art collection to show off British artists especially in overseas embassies In fact the Government Art Collection is often used as a form of soft power by governments over the years and they will often pick pieces that show off British culture to its best for foreign visitors to admire Cornelia Parker s selection for the GAC Whitechapel exhibition series Crown Copyright It s an art collection that is rarely seen outside government offices and tours while routine are hardly a weekly affair Tours are free and last around an hour The building the Government Art Collection is house in is not suitable

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