Astounded to note that the last one was a month ago, and that happened then too. The fact of the matter is that there are so many great London bloggers out there, many of whose productivity is on the up and up, that it’s getting more difficult to keep up and get around to them all. This obviously is a good thing generally, but it’s making it more difficult and time-consuming to do a good round up and do it without accidentally missing out deserving posts. So this may or may not be the last of my Best of… items, we’ll see. I would in any case encourage you to bookmark the ones you enjoy from our list.
Ordinarily I would not be able to nominate a Best Post of 2011, there was just so much superbness. But I clearly remember seeing one particular post and going “Wow”! It was by The Great Wen and it is this. It’s called Hell W10: The Film that Killed the Clash? I loved it because it featured a silent movie (that is to say no dialogue) which was made in 1983 by the Clash. In terms of London history, as these things go, it’s unusual because it’s quite recent. Instead of presenting the video and a paragraph or two (as I may have done), it’s a comprehensive piece and superbly written, as we’ve grown to expect from this blogger. And I loved it for its nostalgia value. I’d only been in London a few years at the time, was still quite a young chap, very evocative for me. So take a bow, Peter Watts.
Back to the present. Something of a hoo-ha today as it emerges that London blogger IanVisits had his piece on the Cock Lane ghost from yesterday quite heavily lifted from by the Daily Mail without acknowledgment and certainly without recompense. Tut tut. He takes them to task here. I shan’t give the DM the privilege of a link.
On with the show.
Prince Frederick’s Barge, Smithfield Market Trains and St Katharine by the Tower by Caroline’s Miscellany
A Common Scold and “I hope you have not neglected to say your prayers?” by Criminal London
Madam Tussauds a Review from 1880 by Discovering London
Duke of Cambridge Puts on the Feed Bag at Whitehall by Discovering London
For Keeping Two White Bears by Shakespeare’s England
Loads by the ever-productive Georgian Gentleman
Tales of the Riverbank: Chelsea before the Embankment by Library Time Machine
(this blog has gorgeous historic photographs)
Camden Passage by Silver Tiger
Ronald Searle in Spitalfields by Spitalfields Life (SL has been very busy lately: check his other stuff too)
Dreadful Accident by Lee Jackson
Albert and the Armada by Dustshoveller’s Gazette
The Cry of a City Clerk by Victorianist
Euston Station and the Distribution of Festive Goods in the 1840s by Turnip Rail
Boxing Day Murder in East London by Untold Lives
Thomas Cook and the Railways by Virtual Victorian