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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 33: Shakespeare’s Newington Butts

The words “Shakespeare” and “Elephant and Castle” are not normally found in the same sentence. That is a pity because one of the very earliest theatres of Shakespeare’s time, in which his plays were put on and […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 32: the remains of Thomas Cromwell’s garden

The photo shows all that remains of Thomas Cromwell’s garden, part of a two acre site he developed when Henry VIII’s chief of staff into one of the grandest private residences in London. Initially, he took a […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 31: the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

This East London company, astonishingly, has been making bells continuously since 1570 during the reign of Elizabeth I and quite possibly from as early as 1420, when Henry V married Catherine of Valois to become […]

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Vic Keegan’s Lost London 28: Marx, Lenin and the secret of Marx House

Clerkenwell Green has been a cauldron of radicalism ever since the Peasants Revolt was extinguished there in 1381. A reminder of its revolutionary history is the Marx Memorial Library. The building is where in 1902-03 […]