My London

What is London to me?

My paternal relatives came from Plaistow which is in the east end of London but moved to what was Surrey, now Greater London in 1906 just after the death of Queen Victoria.

I live on the edge Greater London, that is the part of London that is south of the river that was once Surrey. It was created in 1965 and spans the City of London, including Middle Temple and Inner Temple, and the 32 London boroughs and I spent much of my weekends up in London in 1980’s and 1990’s.

So I guess I have a love of the capital for what it is. For both it’s wealth and poverty but mainly for it’s history, and in that it’s lightness and darkness as recorded in novels by Dickens or Conan-Doyle.

It is the history of the the Victorian age that fascinates me and how that relates to today’s world because the Victorians invented the modern age, the industrial revolution, the manners and etiquette which they are so well known for and many other things.

There was massive social upheaval with faith and faith communities playing a pivotal role in life and death.

Reformers all played their part and a memorial ‘Erected by Joseph Corfield in 1885 `to the memory of men and women who have generously given their time and means to improve the conditions and enlarge the happiness of all classes of society’.

And so with this weblog I find I have musings on Victorian society and our society…so please take a seat and enjoy.

14 thoughts on “My London

  1. Yes, I have been; last year. Look it up online. Excellent museum that tells a story of a family from one floor to another. It is a “silent” museum… you are asked not to speak, but to explore it with your senses. I cannot remember on what street it is, as I am American, but if I ever get back to London, (which I really hope I do) I would visit it again!


  2. The museum is kind of depressing, though, or it gets to be so by the time you make it to the top floor. Let me know what you think of it when you have had a chance to visit it. So, you live in London… I LOVE London… in fact, I had a dream last night that I moved there. What is it like living THERE on a daily basis?


  3. Well I live in what is called Greater London but spent much of teen years in hanging around with friends in Carnaby Street, Portabello Road, Notting Hill, Ladborke Grove, Camden Lock and worked in and around Central London for about 5 years.

    I guess I am used to it because I have always been here. My family go back to Plaistow in the East End of London at least to the mid-Victorian era before they moved further out. So it’s sort of in my blood…the thing I love about London, in fact the whole of the UK is the history, tradition and the eccentricity of the English.

    I hope you get a chance to come back.


  4. I am really in to the medieval monarchs, as well as Victorian literature (nice juxtaposition, huh)? So, when I was there, it was like a dream to see where the “two princes in the tower” were purportedly buried in the White Tower at The Tower of London. Did not get to visit any of the Victorian hangouts, but did get to see a lot of beautiful Victorian architecture. Looking back, now, I wish I would have taken it in more, instead of having to rush through London because of time constraints. Living in America, though, it is rather expensive to go to the UK. I would love to go back to Edinburgh, too, and see Holyrood Castle again (one of my favorite castles, as I am a big Mary, Queen of Scots fan). It was also neat to see where she gave birth to James at Edinburgh Castle, too. In fact, I took a picture out the window of her “birthing” room, just to try to gain perspective on what she saw. Have you ever read “Idylls of the King?”


  5. Hi– I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster Award– I really love your blog! You can go to my site and see my post about the award and the nomination, “rules,” etc. All the best, and thanks for the great blog posts!


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