August 31, 2018

The Pool of London reached its peak - it was mentioned as early as the 7th century by the Venerable Bede - in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was in this period, of course, that London grew to be the biggest city in the world, with an ever-expanding population constant...

August 16, 2018

Ever wondered what the origins of the word Hooligan are? If you have, please join us for another short excursion into Victorian London - with its south-eastern part once again looming very large in the story. The word itself first appeared in print in police-court repo...

August 15, 2018

We'll probably never know the full extent of the garotting craze that gripped London in the 1860s, culminating in the great panic of 1862. The recording and statistical analysis of crime and policing in general were not then what they are now, and sociologists and cert...

August 14, 2018

As it happens, old Jack Sheppard (see yesterday’s post) did a little bit of Highwayman-ing himself back in the early 1700s. It was all the rage then. South London looms large in this story, long before it became H’s stomping ground: for many years, well to-do pilgrims...

August 13, 2018

Welcome, one and all, to the first of our new, month-long, content-rich blog spectaculars, which will be full of what we’re hoping will be informative, interesting and amusing stuff that contextualizes the world shown our books, aspects of the great city of London in g...

August 10, 2018

Stories, of course, are what we’re all about, and in while we were writing American Lockdown we spent a lot of time thinking about, discussing and trying to imagine just what it would be like to be abducted, banged-up in a hellhole, have to fight for your survival and...

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