London Trivia: Speak up

On 9 June 1975 in a 4-week experiment, the first live transmission was broadcast of Parliament by BBC Radio. Secretary of State for Industry Tony Benn was the first minister to be questioned in Parliament live on air, starting a debate which some listeners said was difficult to follow on radio. The idea of broadcasting the proceedings of Parliament was first suggested in the 1920s, but permission was refused.

On 9 June 1978 a Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) was sold in London for $2.4 million. It now resides in Stuttgart and worth £30 million

Section 54 of The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to carry a plank across the pavement in London. Maximum fine £500

Southwark Street laid out in 1862 by Sir Joseph Bazalgette was the first street in London with water and gas pipes in the middle of the road

Famous cook ‘Mrs Beeton’ who published The Book of Household Management, was born at 24 Milk Street, off Cheapside as Isabella Mayson

In 1940 Winston Churchill met at St. Ermin’s Hotel promising to ‘Set Europe Ablaze’ the genesis of the SOE which ultimately became the SAS

The stage version of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman In Black is the second-longest running West End show after Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

The Sun and 13 Cantons in Soho is named after the 13 provinces (cantons) of Switzerland (streets around pub were once big watch-making area)

On 9 June 1905 Charlton Athletic Football Club was formed by a group of teenagers on East Street (later known as Eastmoor Street)

On 9 June 1958 The Queen opened revamped Gatwick Airport, arriving by air from Heathrow. The government had decreed that Gatwick should be London’s second airport, it had been closed for the major re-development

Twinings tea shop on the Strand has an old money chest in its in-store museum with the letters ‘T.I.P.’ short for ‘To Improve Promptness’

Some of the TV cables at Buckingham Palace for the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were installed by a ferret

CabbieBlog-cab.gifTrivial Matter: London in 140 characters is taken from the daily Twitter feed @cabbieblog.
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5 thoughts on “London Trivia: Speak up”

    1. I have uploaded hundreds of pieces of trivia for Sunday postings. Thanks for following.


    1. The ferrets might have more idea what to do. (We’ve had a lot to do with BT engineers this year. Well, OpenReach mostly – althought they were lovely, if only they had any influence over what they were told they should be doing)


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