John Edmund Gardner was the youngest son of Thomas Gardner who described himself as an Oilman. The Gardners had been selling lamp oil at No.484 Strand for more than thirty years when John Edmund was born in 1819. They were also considerable property owners. Thomas's will made in 1837 with codicils in 1838 and 1840 mentions 35 houses both freehold and leasehold in various parts of London, including No 4 Leicester Square. John was baptised, like all his siblings at St Mar Read more »
This photograph of the Aldwych, before the building of Bush House, was found on the Partleton 'In their Shoes' website.
Strandlines Archives afternoon brought together the various communities we are currently working with: The Connection, a homeless support centre at St Martins; Age UK Westminster; Peabody Wild Street Estate; and St Martins Older Congregation. Members of the recently formed Strandlines Cabinet of Artists also attended; also other interested individuals living/working in the Strand area. Whilst stories from the different communities are placed in close proximity on the website, it was wonderful to see the community realised in one room. Thank you to everyone who attended! Read more »
'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 »
As the streets that lead from the Strand to the Embankment are very narrow, it is better not to walk down them arm-in-arm. If you persist, lawyers' clerks will have to make flying leaps into the mud; young lady typists will have to fidget behind you. In the streets of London where beauty goes unregarded, eccentricity must pay the penalty, and it is better not to be very tall, to wear a long blue cloak, or to beat the air with your left hand. Read more »
Poem titled ‘King’s College School, Strand Days’ from the King’s College Review, 1917, p.63
King's College London Archives (Ref: K/SER1/63), December 1917, King’s College Review, Vol. 19-20 No.2, anonymous poem titled ‘King’s College School, Strand Days’.
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