London Trivia: Disinherited for a generation

On 12 September 1846 Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett were secretly married at St. Marylebone Parish Church, Elizabeth’s furious father disinherited her and disinherited all his children who married.

On 12 September 1878 Cleopatra’s Needle was installed on the Embankment, after nearly being lost at sea

In his novel Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe described Newgate Prison as “that horrible place”, he should know he was imprisoned there in 1703

The circumference at the Gherkin’s widest point is 178 metres, which is only two metres less than its height of 180 metres

In 1926 suicide pits installed due to passengers throwing themselves in front of trains only Jubilee line has glass screens to deter jumpers

In Parliament in 1981 a private member’s bill (Control of Space Invaders (& other Electronic Games) Bill) tried to ban Space Invaders

The wedding in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed at the Augustinian priory church of St. Bartholomew the Great

The first HMV store at 363 Oxford Street was opened by composer Edward Elgar in 1921. HMV stands for ‘His Master’s Voice’

Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper trained in the gym above the Thomas a Becket pub previously at 320 Old Kent Road, Walworth

The Underground’s longest journey without change is on the Central line from West Ruislip to Epping – a total of 34.1 miles

Prostitutes around Southwark worked in the many brothels or ‘stews’ licensed by the Bishop of Winchester and were known as the Bishop’s Geese

Wildlife observed on the Tube network includes woodpeckers, deer, sparrowhawk, bats, grass snakes, great crested newts, slow worms

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2 thoughts on “London Trivia: Disinherited for a generation”

  1. I went to secondary school behind the Thomas A Becket, Walworth Comprehensive, Mina Road. Henry used to park his Jensen Interceptor in our school car park, and would happily sign autographs if asked.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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