London Trivia: Tom and Jerry

On 15 July 1821 journalist Pierce Egan published Life in London or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorne, esq. and his elegant friend, Corinthian Tom, accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian in their rambles and sprees through the Metropolis. Despite its lengthy title it was an instant success with many pirated versions produced. When it reached America it eventually was translated into the Tom and Jerry of cartoon fame.

On 15 July 2000 London Underground was transferred from the control of the Government to Transport for London (TfL), and ultimately under the jurisdiction of the Mayor of London

‘Monkey Suckers’ perfected the art of drilling into barrels stored at East End docks then using tube to suck out a bottle, or two, of rum

Cheapside get its name from the Saxon word for market – ‘chepe’ as this was London’s main market in medieval times

More than 1,000 bodies are buried underneath Aldgate station, in a plague pit built over 2 weeks in 1665, its location is now Aldgate Underground Station

The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was Josef Jakobs, a German Intelligence agent. He was shot by firing sqaud in 1941

It is probable that Charles Dickens modelled the Cratchit’s house in Camden Town on his first London home at 16 Bayham Street

Samuel Scott’s speciality was to tie a noose around his neck then jump off Waterloo bridge and dance in the air before returning safely, ultimately he didn’t

Fulham FC are the oldest professional football club in London having been derived from St Andrew’s Church team

Farringdon underground station is the only station from which passengers exited en masse on their way to a public hanging

Every July the two companies take part in ‘Swan Upping’ which is the marking and census of all cygnets between Sunbury and Abingdon

In 1949 a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand of Big Ben it put the time back by 4.5 minutes, and snow caused the clock to ring in the New Year 10 minutes late in 1962

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2 thoughts on “London Trivia: Tom and Jerry”

  1. Was Bob Logic a hackney coachman? The Morning Post of 17th October 1823 carried the following story: The driver of a hackney coach, known by the name of Bob Logic, which appellation was bestowed upon him by a wag of his own fraternity, in consequence of wearing a hat with an exceeding broad brim was brought on a charge of assault…”
    ‘Bob Logic’ had driven his hackney coach in front of a private coach outside the Drury Lane Theatre. The two vehicles became ‘entangled’ and there was a fight between the two drivers. ‘Bob Logic’ – his real name was not revealed – was fined 20 shillings plus costs


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