On 11 March 1708 a Royal prerogative was enacted for the last time when the Scottish Militia Bill, after being passed by The House of Commons, was not given Royal Assent by Queen Anne. On the day the Bill was meant to be signed, news came that the French were sailing toward Scotland, and there was suspicion that the Scottish might be disloyal to the Crown the Monarch vetoed legislation. There is always Brexit though.
On 11 March 1702 Britain’s first daily newspaper the Daily Courant was published by Elizabeth Mallet at her premises at Fleet Bridge
City butchers still can be pilloried if they sell bad meat the 600 year old law states they should smell their meat burnt under their nose
Merchant Tailors Hall still stands where it has been since 1347 what is now Threadneedle Street though much rebuilt after The Great Fire and the Blitz
The gravestone of the famous Elizabethan actor Richard Burbage in the graveyard of St Leonard’s, Shoreditch, reads simply ‘Exit Burbage’
There’s a full snuffbox by the Common’s front door. Smoking has not been allowed since the 17th century so the snuff box is there instead
When Paul McCartney dated Jane Asher he stayed in her family house in Wimpole Street where he wrote hits including Yesterday
At their peak between 1927 and 1939, London boasted no fewer than 27 greyhound tracks, the 1950s neon sign on the back of the Tote Board at the closed Walthamstow Stadium are both listed Grade II
The Arsenal Supporters Club magazine Gunflash, first issued in 1949 is considered the oldest publication of its kind in Britain
Seven London Boroughs are not served by the underground system, six of them being situated south of the River Thames
Today there are 35 Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London, the same number the men who guarded it 600 years ago
Lent gave us the full English breakfast – the Monday before it was ‘Collop Monday’, when you ate up all your perishable sausages and bacon
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