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CONTENTS

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THE LATEST SERIES TO BE UPLOADED IS

TALES OF MY FATHER 

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Read some stories of my father …… a colourful character
who both inspired amusing tales and also told some

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THE SETTLEMENT MOVEMENT
& THE SETTLEMENT HOUSES

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In the late 19th Century, members of Oxford University came to live and work
in the most deprived areas of the East End of London to help bring relief to the needy

Read about Samuel & Henrietta Barnett and their work at TOYNBEE HALL in Stepney
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that of Edward Talbott and Arthur Winnington-Ingram at OXFORD HOUSE in Bethnal Green

The work of these inspirational people continues today in both the U.K. and around the world

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Stories of FOUR extraordinary women from history including

BOADICEA & NURSE EDITH CAVELL

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE & ELIZABETH FRY to appear later

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THE DEPARTMENT STORES
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Read about some of the Department Stores of yesterday and today along with some amusing incidents associated with them.

Who remembers Dawson’s, Wickham’s & Gardiner’s?  

Who remembers shopping with their Mother as a child?

The wonderful Dimmey’s of Melbourne was in the process of conversion from being a Department Store into a supermarket soon after my last visit and is included in this series.

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POPPIES AT THE TOWER

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MEMORIES OF THE TOWER OF LONDON

& TOWER BRIDGE

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A return to The Tower of London together with a walk across Tower Bridge after an absence of thirty years

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THE LIFE & TIMES OF SAMUEL PEPYS

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SAINT OLAVE’S CHURCH

Samuel Pepys lived during turbulent times in British History: The Civil War, The Execution of Charles I, The Commonwealth of England, Scotland & Wales under The Protector, Oliver Cromwell and The Restoration of the Monarchy.  Although he was the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty, he his best remembered today for his Diaries written between 1660 and 1669 where he recorded both events of daily British life and major events in the 17th Century including The Great Plague (1665) and The Great Fire (1666) of London, as well as The Anglo Dutch War (1665-1667).   At one time, Samuel Pepys worshiped at St. Olave’s Church in The City of London, which is one of the few medieval churches to have survived The Great Fire of London.  It is also the site where he and his wife are buried.

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THE LIFE & TIMES OF
DOCTOR SAMUEL JOHNSON

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Doctor Johnson was a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, lexicographer & editor and is considered by many as the most distinguished man of letters in English History.

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He is a man of most dreadful appearance.  He is a very big man, is troubled with sore eyes, the palsy, the king’s evil.  He is very slovenly in his dress and speaks with a most uncouth voice.  This ill-favoured, melancholy man with enormous creative and intellectual powers is named Samuel Johnson.

From The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell

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Also included in this series is information on Doctor Johnson’s biographer, JAMES BOSWELL

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Memories of the my first school interspersed with the life & times of the philanthropist who lived in the City of London

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An account of perhaps the most fascinating and famous (and infamous) serial killer of all time

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POSTCARDS OF OLD LONDON
SENT by DAVE HILL

and

AN ADDITIONAL SET OF POSTCARDS
OF OLD LONDON ALSO SENT
by DAVE HILL

A look at some old postcards and the memories they evoke and see how London has changed over the years.

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THE CITY OF LONDON
A RECORD OF DESTRUCTION
& SURVIVAL

by DAVE HILL
& CHARLES S.P. JENKINS

A look at a proposed plan for rebuilding certain areas of The City of London

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A series of walks along the The Embankment are taken to re-look at the buildings and bridges. Memories of past walks are recalled and once again trips on London’s Trams and brass bands playing in the park on warm Sunday afternoons are remembered.  The glorious Savoy Hotel and the Comic Operas of Gilbert & Sullivan are recalled.

Also included here is SOME information on ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

Finally the many statues of once-prominent people found in the numerous Public Gardens  along the length of The Embankment are discussed.

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ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

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The life and achievements of the greatest of Civil Engineers who was the Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway, builder of steamships, bridges and a variety of other structures of note.

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Some stories where one learns that although nothing may last forever,
buildings my be re-invented and enjoy a second life.

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A series of stories where the Chinese proverb, it is better to travel than to arrive, is brought into doubt. Like Alice in Wonderland, the reader will encounter a series of surprises including the Rolls-Royce of Trolleybuses, an unusual cinema, a Lavender Hill and a Junction, a wetland tucked away in suburban London, a once intriguing palace and a surprise encounter that proves to be the biggest surprise of all!

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Three stories where areas of South London are rediscovered and where the famous preacher and world’s greatest evangelist comes to life again thanks to a minister in North Carolina!

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A series of stories where the origins of the cinema circuit, the theatres and the giants that built them are recalled and where one can learn the history of the first Jewish man killed in the American War of Independence and where he came from.

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Read about Wurlitzer, Compton & Christie; discover the history of the Theatre Organ and learn that they are far from gone.

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Imagine a huge Pipe Organ in a department store!  Although not in London, read about the world’s most famous pipe organs from a historical and personal viewpoint

THE WANAMAKER ORGAN
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THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO MY PARENTS AND TO MR G

My father was born in Dulwich in South London and Mother in Bethnal Green and was a REAL COCKNEY, as I am. Read about my parents who were colourful characters and the events in their lives.

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EAST END MEMORIES

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