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Throwback Thursday: St Mary Abbots Church of England Primary School, London

The school was first endowed in 1645 as a free school for the children of the poor. A school was actually built about 1709 elsewhere but they moved to the current building next to St Mary Abbots Church around 1860.

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Faberge in London: Romance to Revolution at the V&A Museum, London

I’ve been a fan of Faberge’s work for a long time and I was delighted to get a ticket to see this exhibition at the V&A Museum in March. I’d bought the tickets in November of the previous year, not knowing then what COVID restrictions might be in place or even if I would feel up to travelling.

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Throwback Thursday: St Martin’s Vestry Hall and Church Schools, London

The Vestry Hall, Vicarage and National Schools in St Martin’s Place were built around 1830. The inscription around the roof reads “St Martin’s National Schools. Built by Subscription on Ground the Gift of His Majesty King George IV. MDCCCXXX”. The land was gifted for a school to educate the poor children of the parish.

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Throwback Thursday: Berwick House, Oxford Street, London

Berwick House on Oxford Street dates from around 1886 and has a rather interesting spire and pillars along the front.

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Throwback Thursday: Street Art at Castlewood House, London

An old throwback from 2019 today – a cool little London skyline drawing on some boards outside the former Castlewood House building in New Oxford Street.

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Throwback Thursday: Thomas More Statue, Chelsea Embankment, London

Thomas More, advisor to Henry VIII who would eventually have him beheaded at the Tower of London, moved to Chelsea in around 1520. The house he built there no longer exists but the statue is near Chelsea Old Church where he regularly worshipped.

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Throwback Thursday: White’s, London

White’s is the oldest gentleman’s club in London having been founded in 1693; women are still not admitted today. It was established by an Italian immigrant called Francesco Bianco who sold hot chocolate as well as tickets to productions at King’s Theatre and Drury Lane Theatre.

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Throwback Thursday: The In and Out (Naval and Military Club), London

A private members club it was founded in 1862 by six military officers and based at 18 Clifford House but moved several times over the years until it opened at its present location of 4 St James’s Square in 1999. Originally men only, women are now admitted.

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Throwback Thursday: The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens, London

St Margaret Pattens is a church near the Monument to the Great Fire of London. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687 though records date a previous church on the site from 1067.

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Throwback Thursday: The Rangers, 12th County of London Regiment Memorial

Unveiled in 1923 this memorial on Chenies Street, Camden, is inscribed to “The Memory of 1193 Rangers who died for the Empire.” It also lists the battles in which the regiment fought in the First and Second World Wars. The memorial is close to the former 1882 drill hall from which the battalion departed in August 1914.

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