A Little of Everything
The Victorian Society is the charity championing Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. Our Conservation Advisers help local planning authorities and churches to make better decisions about adapting Victorian and Edwardian buildings to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. We also seek to engage the public in our campaigns to help increase the likelihood of conserving buildings.
Tavistock Square Memorial
After seven years of fundraising a new memorial has been inaugurated in Tavistock Square Gardens, the site most closely associated with the London bombings on the 7th of July 2005. The memorial provides a fitting tribute to the 13 people who lost their lives on the no. 30 bus, and celebrates the courage and resilience of the survivors, the emergency services and those members of the public who did what they could to help.
Only a mile from Westminster, the Triangle Adventure Playground serves an area of inner-city deprivation familiar in many parts of many British cities. Its 'wasteland' characteristic is inherent in its odd shape and its entirely haphazard juxtaposition with its neighbours. It has the dull backside of a secondary school on one boundary, an ordinary 1950's primary school on another but then the back gardens of an attractive terrace of two-storey early Victorian town houses on its third. Beyond, however, sprawls the urban context that both physically and socially proscribes the lives of the children it serves.
The Metropolitan Police Coat Hook
At Great Newport Street (just off Leicester Square) you will see this coat hook for a policeman to hang his cape on. If you ask a cab driver to take you to the policemans hook- he should know- because it´s a part of a their knowledge.
A policeman used to stand in this busy corner directing the traffic, and on a sunny day he used this hook to hang his cape on.
The Friends of the City Churches is an architectural heritage charity dedicated to preserving the beautiful and unique churches found within the square mile of the City of London.
Peckham Coal Line
A proposed new linear link park between Queens Road Peckham & Rye Lane by using the disused Rickett coal sidings which were decommissioned in the 1950’s. The 1km elevated urban park would cut through the heavily built up ex-industrial area providing a precious green open space.
Sicily in London
A five minute walk away from the British Museum you will find this pedestrianized shopping street with shops and restaurants in Bloosbury. Completed in 1910 and probably the first in London.
Spectators are welcome at Ham Polo Club on match days. Matches are held every Sunday afternoon starting at around 1:00 p.m, please check the website for the day’s program of matches.
Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH .The Nearest Tube and Train Station to the Polo Club is Richmond.
Speakers' Corner is located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street. On a Sunday morning, it's not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers' Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.
To find the remains of these ill-fated slipways, simply head to the Island Gardens DLR station and turn right. Follow the river for a few hundred yards and look out for the sign posts leading you to the site.
John Snow´s Water Pump
Almost directly behind Oxford street, on Broadwick street.
In 1854 a cholera epidemic hit Soho in London, killing 616 people. John Snow (a British physician), figured out that the water pump on Broad Street was the source of the outbreak. He took his research to the town officials and convinced them to take the handle off the pump, making it impossible to draw water. The cases of cholera almost immediately stopped and the outbreak ended.