What is London to me?
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.