1895 The trial of Oscar Wilde began at the Old Bailey accused of gross indecency. An inspector from Scotland Yard had previously appeared before magistrate John Bridge to request a warrant for Wilde’s arrest. Bridge adjourned the hearing for an hour-and-a-half, apparently to give Wilde time to make his escape from England on the last train to the Continent, as the playwright’s friends had urged. But Wilde could not make up his mind and finally left it too late.
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The Oldest House in London by Fiona Rule At 41–42 Cloth Fair in Smithfield is the oldest house in the City of London which stood at this spot well before the Great Fire of London. Fiona Rule uncovers the fascinating survival story of this extraordinary property and the people who owned it and lived in it.