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Browsing Archive: September, 2020

Havering Hoard

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, September 17, 2020, In : Museums 

The Havering Hoard is the largest Bronze Age hoard to have been found in London, and is now available to see at the Museum of London Docklands, in Canary Wharf.


All 453 items from the site are on view, together with other items from the Museum of London, which help place the finds in context.


The objects, which date to around 900BC to 800BC, include axe heads, fragments of swords, axe heads, daggers and knives.


The finds were unusual in being recovered from four individually placed hoards within...


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The Queen's House

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, In : Greenwich 

The Queen’s House by Inigo Jones in Greenwich is frequently described as the first building in England to be based on the work of the Italian architect Palladio, and even more grandly as the first piece of truly Renaissance architecture in the country.


The Palladio part is undoubtedly right in part at least - his influence is visible in the balustrade running round the roof, the first-floor loggia on the Southern (Greenwich Park) side, and the dual, curved grand stairway on the Northern fron...


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James Maybrick: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Jenny Phillips, Jack the Ripper Tour Guide on Monday, September 14, 2020, In : Jack the Ripper 

James Maybrick, a cotton broker from Liverpool, did not become a suspect until 1992 when a diary written on part of a Victorian ledger was rumoured to have been found by Tony Devereux, in the attic of Battlecrease House, Aigburth in Liverpool, the former residence of Maybrick. He supposedly gave it to a friend Michael Barrett in a pub, but the story later changed as his wife Ann said it had been in her family for generations. She had asked Devereux to give it to her husband because he had lit...


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