London Trivia: Their Lordships tussle

On 19 December 1666, the Duke of Buckingham had a serious tussle with the Marquess of Dorchester in the House of Lords. Buckingham pulled off the Marquess’s periwig and Dorchester also ‘had much of the Duke’s hair in his hand’. Both offenders were sent to cool down in the Tower, and released after apologising.

On 19 December 1783, William Pitt became the youngest Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four and 205 days

Smoking was banned on the Underground as a result of the King’s Cross fire in November 1987 which killed 31 people. A discarded match was thought to be the cause of that inferno

There are plaques in London to stars of the Carry On films including Joan Sims in Kensington and Hattie Jacques in Earls Court

On 19 December 1851 artist JMW Turner died in Chelsea he left his £140,000 estate for ‘decayed artists’ distant relations took the bequest

During World War II Eastenders would dine on whale meat as it was one ‘meat’ that was in abundance and not rationed the same as beef

On 19 December 1932 the BBC Empire Service was born at Broadcasting House on a budget of £10 per week now the World Service is the world’s largest

It was on Jack Smith’s Berwick Street market stall that the first grapefruit was introduced to London and England in 1890

One of the levels in Tomb Raider 3 is set in the disused Aldwych tube station, featuring scenes of Lara Croft killing rats

It’s proximity to Smithfield Market was a determining factor as to why Farringdon was chosen as the eastern terminus of the first tube line

Edward Johnston designed the typeface for the London Underground in 1916. The font he came up with is still in use today it’s called Johnston Sans

The term Cockney comes from Middle English cockeney, meaning misshapen eggs and was used by country folk to deride those born in the City

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2 thoughts on “London Trivia: Their Lordships tussle”

    1. Comedy legend Kenneth Williams lived in a tenement flat in Osnaburgh Street, just off Great Portland Street, from 1972 until his death in 1988. This was the famous flat that shared a landing with his dear mother, Lou, the local council decided to pull the building down. However, you now have a choice of two plaques to visit for Kenneth Williams, one outside the flat he lived in at Farley Court opposite Madame Tussaud’s and the Williams family home and place of work, the hairdressers shop on Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury. Frankie Howerd also has a plaque in Edwardes Square, Kensington.


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