| London | Stories pt I

You don’t need the likes of us to tell you that London is a city of many many stories. This place is so old, it positively stinks of stories! 

But for us, what we love is that these stories come from all manner of angles, twists and slants. That is what makes this such an exciting and interesting places to be. Over the years that we have been blogging we have collected a bundle of tales in both words and pictures that lay in wait for readers. Much of what you will find below tells of a disappearing and morphing London. Billingsgate’s future is uncertain, less and less clowns come to the annual service, and Robin Hood Gardens is being redeveloped – yet another part of Brutalist London being torn down. 

I wonder how much will be the same when I look back on these posts in another few years.

Photos of everyday London on black and white film. 2010
Waking up at stupid o’clock to visit London’s oldest Fish Market

The time when we discovered the Hell-Fire Club and a few of Dicken’s haunts

Visiting one of London’s many housing estates earmarked for demolition.

Going to church with the clowns – no really! We did!

Discovering one of London’s many hidden gardens. This is the Postman’s Park with its dedication to the Heroic Dead of Victorian London.

When we got special access to one of London’s most loved and famous buildings.

Known as The London Stone, it has survived fire, flood, bombing and everyday life for centuries to end up in this sad lowly fate. Throughout history The London Stone was a place of prominence steeped in myth and legend let me share some with you:

It is said that The London Stone’s origins are associated with the mythical Brutus of Troy who set in place to protect the City.

It is said that The London Stone is the place from which the Romans measured all distances in Brittania.

It is said that Queen Elizabeth I’s adviser and occultist, John Dee, was obsessed by the stone, believing that it had magic powers.

Legend claims it was the Ancient Stone from which King Arthur pulled Excalibur.

It was mentioned by Shakespeare who depicted the 15th Century peasants’ rebellion leader, Jack Cade, striking the London stone as a symbolic sign of taking control of the city. For let us not forget what Brutus’ Legend says:

“So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish”