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Mudlarking on the Thames, Part 2: What can we do with Fragments and Waste?

In Rubbish Theory, Michael Thompson argues that there are three kinds of value categories: ‘transient’ or ‘here today, gone tomorrow’; ‘durable’ or ‘a joy forever’; and rubbish. Things can move between categories,...
From: Middling Culture on 16 Oct 2019

Mudlarking in the Thames, Part 1: An Immediate Reflection

In the second chapter of Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book, the novel’s elusive journalist imagines what would be discovered when Istanbul’s Bosphorus dries up: “Amid the doomsday chaos, among toppled wrecks of old City Line ferries,...
From: Middling Culture on 4 Oct 2019

Drowning in the Seventeenth Century Parish Registers of St Giles Cripplegate

The parish of St Giles Cripplegate kept meticulous records of those it interred and was one of the earliest to start recording the known cause of each death in response to an Act passed in 1653. The population of St Giles Cripplegate was around 25-30,000...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 11 Feb 2019

The first Thames Regatta, 23rd June 1775

A proposal was made in April of 1775 to hold a Regatta or Water Ridotto on the Thames. It was scheduled to run on a day between the 20th and 24th June, weather dependent. An event to see and to be seen at although, according to the Morning Chronicle...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jun 2018

Edward Brent of Pickle Herring in Southwark

A mid-17th Century Half Penny Trade Token Issued by Edward Brent of Southwark. The above mid-17th century copper half penny token measures 20.6 mm and weighs 2.31 grams. It was issued in the name of Edward Brent in 1668 and attributed to a tradesman of...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 20 May 2018

Waxed Pipe Stem found in the mud of the Thames.

This is claimed to be the remains of an 18th century clay pipe stem dipped in red wax to stop the stem from sticking to the smoker's lips. Found in the mud of the Thames, London UK.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 28 Jan 2017

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 103

O happy Thames, that didst my Stella bear! I saw thyself, with many a smiling line Upon thy cheerful face, joy’s livery wear, While those fair planets on thy streams did shine. The boat for joy could not to dance forbear, While wanton winds, with...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 16 Jun 2016

Dismemberment in Victorian London: The Thames Torso Murders. By Shane McCorristine

  Battersea, London. Source: The A to Z of Victorian London. Harry Margary, Lympne Castle, Kent, 1987.   One of the most disturbing unsolved murder mysteries in London’s history began on the morning of 5 September 1873 when a Thames...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 31 May 2016

Turned off at Execution Dock: Thames Scenery in the City of the Gallows. By Richard Ward

  Eighteenth-century London has, with good reason, been called “the city of the gallows”. Gibbets lined the approach to London in every direction, not least of which at various points along the Thames, where offenders sentenced to death...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 25 Apr 2016

The Lion & Key in Thames Street – The investigation of a mid-17th century token from London

A mid-17th century farthing token issued by a tradesman living off Thames Street (possibly at Lion(‘s) Quay in the parish of St. Botolph, Billingsgate. The above brass farthing token measures 15.5 mm and weighs 0.99 grams. It was issued in the...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 21 Feb 2016

Memento Mori : A Photographic Journey into the World of the Dead

The last time I saw Paul Koudounaris, he was sitting, cross-legged, atop a small table in front of an old medieval church. He was regaling an audience with stories of demon cats, using language that was as colourful as the clothes he had donned. One of...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 6 Feb 2015

Museum of London Docklands

As a huge fan of the Museum of London and someone with an interest in, shall we say, the grittier side of London’s rich and chequered history, I can’t believe that it took me so long to finally pay my first visit to the Museum of London’s Docklands...
From: Madame Guillotine on 5 Jan 2015

During the great deep freeze of 1739-40, people set up a...

During the great deep freeze of 1739-40, people set up a carnival-like gathering on the completely frozen River Thames. The Frost Fair was memorialized by printing presses brought right onto the ice. Amazing that this broadside survived all these years...

Sadd Experience

The time has come for another animal-on-a-ship story (a few posts ago, I talked about William Tubb’s mastiff dog appearing in a warrant). As usual, this one comes from the High Court of Admiralty, and it gives Captain Zachary a run for his money...
From: historywomble on 9 Aug 2013

Traffic Jams on London Bridge in the 17th Century

When I was writing THE GILDED LILY, one of the things that struck me the most about London was that there was only one bridge over the river Thames - London Bridge, which was the same bridge that had stood there since 1209. The only other way to cross...
From: Hoydens & Firebrands on 23 Sep 2012

A Martyr by Any Other Name (Blessed William Way and his Aliases)

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia: Today's martyr, Blessed William Way (Alias MAY, alias FLOWER), was born in Exeter Diocese (Challoner says in Cornwall, but earlier authorities say in Devonshire); hanged, bowelled, and quartered at Kingston-on-Thames,...

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