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London Bridge has moved away

Many bridges crossed the River Thames by the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that London Bridge — by then over 600 years old — needed to be replaced. It was narrow and decrepit, and blocked river traffic. As a result, in 1799, a competition for designs to replace the bridge was held. […]

Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room

The Daily Sketch newspaper was launched in 1909 and ran until 11th May 1971.  I have a selected copy of Monday 6th Februry 1928 – well it’s actually a photocopy of a few tatty pages – and has some interesting stories and attitudes of the time. Beneath the title of the above we have a […]

250 years old today

250 years old today and still going strong – very strong. Who’s that? Christies the auctioners

Fenland Monasteries and the height of their powers

For the established monasteries across Britain, the period between 1200 and the early thirteen hundreds was a time of expansion, stability and responsibility and also a time of ‘high farming’. The Fenland Monasteries built tithe and storage barns to hold their crops; vineyards were planted; gardens & orchards were created with cherry and pear trees […]