In the 1720s, Mrs Holt's Italian Warehouse (a warehouse was a sort of 18th-century department store) in the Strand opposite Exeter Change. According to the trade card that William Hogarth engraved for her, she stocked Read more »
Can anyone tell me where the Crown and Anchor tavern used to be in the Strand? And point me to anywhere I can find out more about it please?
Thanks to all who came to 18th Century Strand Day on March 25th.
Throughout the day participants took note of what key words they thought best represented 18th century Strand. I have turned their suggestions into a word cloud; the largest words denote words used most often by participants.
Comet passing the spire of St Martin in the Fields on 26 January 1744.
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'Handel in the Strand' by Percy Grainger was originally composed in 1911-12 'for piano and two or more strings, or for massed pianos and string orchestra'; it was arranged for piano solo in 1930.
The Kennedy Centre tells me that this piece of music was written as a clog dance; Percy Grainger offered a brief note on the the piece: Read more »
The whole, straight Strand is one of the Capital's principal arteries and connects two cities, London and Westminster. Along it are vestiges of all its past fashions. Shops such as Stanley Gibbons, the stamp sellers who arrived in (1874) continue the tradition of the Earl of Sailsbury's New Exchange Shopping Centre built in (1608). The Adelphi and Vaudeville theatres survive from the days when this street had more theatres than any others. Read more »
The aim of today's digital walking tours session at The Connection was to explore online digital resources relating to past Strand lives and to add contemporary life stories to a historical poverty map. Observations of the poor in the Strand area from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were added to the map below. These were drawn from the Charles Booth on-line archive (http://booth.lse.ac.uk/) and The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/).
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