Smithfield: London’s execution site

Smithfield

A sombre past Smithfield remains largely unnoticed by most London enthusiasts, yet it contains some of the few buildings that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. It also played a significant role in England’s more sombre history - the English Reformation and the years following it. Norman and Medieval London The Priory Church … Continue reading Smithfield: London’s execution site

William Wilberforce’s legacy

William Wilberforce

Early reluctance, later tenacity William Wilberforce was born on 24th August 1759 in Kingston upon Hull. He became an independent MP for Yorkshire in 1784 and kept his seat in Parliament for 28 years. His name is synonymous with the 18th century campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. William Wilberforce though was not … Continue reading William Wilberforce’s legacy

The 10 martyrs remembered at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey martyrs

Westminster Abbey’s beginnings date back to 960 AD when Benedictine monks built the first sanctuary on what was then known as Thorney Island. Since then it has undergone several periods of reconstruction, modification and addition, its most recent one being the 10 statues above the Western entrance. Often overlooked as they so nicely fit into … Continue reading The 10 martyrs remembered at Westminster Abbey