Stop me not! But onward let me jog! For I am Chance, the London firemen’s dog!
The 1834 Fire
As a friend who is a special collections librarian commented, “First edition, first issue in first state dust-jacket”.
One Hundred and Fifty-One Years ago today the huge Tooley Street fire of 1861 began. As the excellent @londonhistorian pointed out earlier today, this was the fire which led to the creation of the first public London Fire Brigade in 1866, and was the “greatest” fire in London since 1666. The fire is famous for a number of reasons, including […]
Earlier this week I gave a micro-lecture at an event to celebrate Dickens’ connections with Parliament, and I reproduce some of it here. Having had an indifferent education up to 12 and then famously being put to work in a boot-blacking factory by his feckless and Micawber-like father, Dickens joined a solicitor’s office at the […]
This is what happened when I put the whole text of The Day Parliament Burned Down into Wordle! Click to enlarge…
Today is the 200th anniversary of the day when the British Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, was assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons. He was shot at 5.15pm at point blank range on 11 May 1812, by John Bellingham, a deranged shipping agent driven mad by his attempts to get the government to […]