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Tower of London Trivia

Tower of London Trivia

The Tower of London is a must-see attraction for any tourist visiting England’s capital city. But for those keen to look deeper than Beefeaters, executions and ravens, here are five lesser known facts about the Tower.

1: Going Up in the World

Why does the staircase in the White Tower spiral up in a clockwise direction?

The White Tower could be described as the beating heart of the Tower of London.

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Saddlers Hall Cheapside | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Saddler’s Hall – 40 Gutter Lane London

The following account was written just after the War ended. Between Foster Lane and Gutter Lane, and behind Cheapside’s north facade,

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Fore Street Textile Warehouse | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Textile Warehouse – Fore Street London

In Fore Street one of the largest wholesale textile warehouses in the City went up in flames between December 29th / 30th,

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Brewers Quay Port of London | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Brewers Quay – Tower Stairs

One of the oldest wharves in the Port of London was hit several times in Germany’s earliest attacks on the Port.

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Cannon Street London | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Cannon Street and The Blitz

One result of Germany’s fire blitz on the night of December 29th, 1940, when St. Paul’s Cathedral was ringed by fire, and of bomb explosions four months later,

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Manchester Hotel | Aldersgate Street | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Manchester Hotel – Aldersgate Street London

The Manchester Hotel, at the corner of Aldersgate Street and Long Lane was attacked by German bombs in December 1940, and gutted by the subsequent fire.

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All Hallows Barking | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

All Hallows by the Tower – Byward Street

Founded in 675, it is one of the oldest churches in London. Toc H church, All Hallows Barking was blasted by German bombs in December 1940 and three weeks later was completely burned out.

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London City Mission | Bridewell Place | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

London City Mission – Bridewell Place EC4

When German bombs came to Bridewell Place on December 29th, 1940, two top floors of London City Mission were destroyed.

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Hackney a Brief History

Although Hackney sits in the very heart of the busy East End, we should not forget that this area was once a small rural series of hamlets. It became popular with medieval royals as an area close to London where they could relax and enjoy the outdoor life and over the years Hackney developed into one of the most cosmopolitan parts of London. Rich in history, there are also plenty of things to see and do if you come to E8 for a visit.

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The Hackney Empire History

The Hackney Empire is probably the best known theatre in the East End that is still open for business. This was one of the main music hall theatres to entertain local East Enders in Victorian times and it has seen more than a few past and present well-known names grace its stage during its time.

The building of the Hackney Empire

The theatre was originally constructed in 1901 as a music hall by the famous theatre architect,

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Recent Comments

  • Wendy Linge on The History of Beckton Gas WorksThe History of the Gas Light & Coke Company, 1812 to 1949 By Stirling Everard gives an excellent insight into the Gas Works. My father was an apprentice fitter and
  • Paul Short on History of Canning Town East LondonGood morning Charlie, Just a stab in the dark, but was your mum edie who lived at number 36 next to us in 38. I was only young but I
  • Richard Doxford on London’s East End and The BlitzThere was a pub called The Last One Standing near limehouse and I saw a picture in I believe the Grapes late eighties and want to return there but can't
  • Paul Cannon on The History of Beckton Gas WorksHas anyone got any photos of Beckton gasworks and the marshes nearby? I would love to see them as I have a fascination with Beckton.
  • Irene on History of Canning Town East LondonMy name was Irene Bull , lived in Mary Street and then Silveryown Way, loved going to Rathbone market for the sarspirella and Murkoffs icecream. Love looking back to those
  • Charles W M Parker. on London Police Officers – Old Photos.Hello Chris, I come from a long line of London Met. Policemen my paternal great grandfather William Micheal Parker born in York in 1829. He served in “V” division from
  • Charlie Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi Alfie I will ring Ivy and get your number and give you a ring.
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East LondonBy the way Pat we lived the brown family next door to you at 441 Beckton Rd
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East LondonHello pat leach. I remember your family very well Pat Sylvia mick and mum dad, Do you remember who lived above you in Beckton road. Mr rattenberry. my sister dolly
  • Sue on London East End Street NamesMy grandmother lives at 52 park street in the page 1900's and went to gill street school
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East Londonreading about charley sage brought back lots of memmories his sister Doreen who sadly passed away as well as her mother edie and there was . Pauline.we were all related
  • Debbie westwood on The East End in the 1950sRemember them both well ... also in Hainault surgery
  • Debbie on The East End in the 1950sHe was also my doctor.and Dr ,depla. Also down in Hainaut where we moved from Burdett rd and they were there too.
  • Charlie Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi Pat I’m Charlie Doreen’s brother , sadly Doreen died some years ago. I remember you well and your sister Sylvia , we lived at 451 beckton road and my
  • Alison on Christ Church at Spitalfields HistoryDid you ever see the BBC TV programme about the clearing of the crypt? It would have been made at the time of the work being done. Fascinating!

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