London trivia — 12 May 2019

On 12 May 1891 prominent member of the National Vigilance Association, an anti-vice pressure group, Captain Edmund Verney, MP, was expelled from The House of Commons. He had pleaded guilty to conspiring to procure, for corrupt and immoral purposes, a girl of nineteen and was sentenced to one year of imprisonment. It’s good to see that today not much has changed with our political leaders.

On 12 May 1906 John Bull Magazine was first published designed to bring satire and political comment to its readers

When Julian Assange was holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy those visiting included Pamela Anderson, Lady Gaga, Eric Cantona and Nigel Farage

On Knight’s Road in Docklands, the world’s largest tin of syrup is affixed to Tate & Lyle’s factory producing the world’s oldest branded product

The finest dentures of 19th-century London contained real human teeth, some gleaned from casualties of the Battle of Waterloo

The Wiener Library, Russell Square contains 1 million items relating to the Holocaust, it is the world’s oldest library of related material

Now charmingly inaccurate, the life-sized models of dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park, constructed in the 1850s were the first in the world

The basement at 27 Endell Street was once the animal depot for West End theatres once 2 bulls escaped liberating a menagerie on Soho streets

Mitcham Cricket Club has played on the world’s oldest cricket pitch since 1685, and today is still an active cricket club

Amersham is the second most westerly tube station, the highest at 147 metres above sea level and the second furthest Underground station from central London

Burrell & Co on Blasker Walk in Docklands once manufactured dyes, red smoke from the chimneys would tint the local pigeons rose-pink

Wartime song A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square was almost certainly a robin, the only town bird known to sing at night

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