Shoreditch probably takes its name from the ditch of Scorre or Sceorf as it was knowns as Scoredich in 1148
What I’m Reading
The Great Stink of London by Stephen Halliday
'The Great Stink' is a somewhat misleading title; this book is in fact about Sir Joseph Bazalgette's genius as the engineer who created much of the face and utility substructure of contemporary London. In that role, this book provides a foundation to further work on a man who, Mr Halliday rightly points out, has no obvious memorial or public recognition.
The people at the Metro have asked me to give my views about London
Find out about what London cabbies think of working in their city
For almost a century this plucky little structure has stood its ground. It looks like the final shot of an Ealing comedy -
but its story is a triumph of the individual over corporate bullying. Click on the picture to read its fascinating story
and how you can save this building from the developers.