Just before Christmas I found myself attending a week-long course in the City of London and, as chance would have it, the training centre was on the corner of Queen Street and Watling Street EC4. Watling Street was the Roman road which ran from Dover to Wroxeter and beyond. This London fragment of it still bears its ancient name, […]
The 1834 Fire
It’s not just Dickens’ 200th birthday, this is Pugin’s year too. One of the most pleasing aspects of the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens’ birth is the way in which his early life before he became a novelist has been rediscovered. It turns out that in the early 1830s he was a Parliamentary reporter and […]
One of my hopes on publishing The Day Parliament Burned Down was that new information which I had been unable to track down in my research would come to light when readers and audiences got to hear about the fire. The most obvious one was to find out what ultimately happened to Chance the dog, but I also […]
On the 178th anniversary of The Day Parliament Burned Down, I’m enjoying this cartoon… If you’d like to follow the story of the 1834 fire in real time today and tomorrow, go to Twitter and follow @ParliamentBurns. See you there!
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