Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891)

Fuller brooch

Jam biscuits

Lancaster Gate

Warren Cup

Jack the Ripper walk (part four)

Calcite-alabaster stela

Ivory chess piece in the shape of a seated king

Giant sculpture of a scarab beetle

Westminster, St John’s

Fine luggage, furniture and curios - Dee Zammit

Hounslow Central

Hampton Court Bridge (part one)

Standard of Ur

Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca

News from our friends
Into the future
Elizabeth II HAS REIGNED in a world moving swiftly through political shifts, cultural change and technological advances. Traditional institutions of law, religion and politics have suffered loss of ...
Elizabeth II (1952 - )
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 17 Bruton Street, London on 21 April 1926. A happy childhood was spent with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, and younger sister Margaret Rose. ...
Edward VIII and George VI (1936 - 1952)
Edward VIII (1936) Edward, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George V and Queen Mary, was known to the family as 'David'. Charming and informal, he was a popular prince, touring Britain and the empire, ...
George V (1910 - 1936)
Edward vii's eldest son Albert died at the age of 28, and so it was his second son, George, who followed him as king. George had learned the navy's traditions of duty and. Blue-eyed, blunt, and ...
House of Windsor
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she left three generations of heirs. They, it was expected, would reign as monarchs of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In fact, the name survived only 16 years. In ...
Most Popular
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Isabella BrantThis famous portrait drawing is of Rubens’ first wife, ...
The queen of vintage - Hilary ProctorThere's only one thing more fabulous than Hilary Pr...
Waterloo suicidesFor centuries people have been committing or attempting...
The Blues and RoyalsIn 1969 The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) were amalgam...
London Oratory (Brompton Road)The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by ...
Clocks and watches - Martyn Stamp"1970s watches are very popular right now, whereas...
London bridge (part twelve)After the opening in 1836 of London Bridge station, the...
Guy's Hospital ChapelThe benefaction by which Thomas Guy founded the well-kn...
West Hampstead

West Hampstead - see Hampstead. The station was opened as WEST HAMPSTEAD on 30 June 1879.
West Ham

West Ham was recorded as Hamme in 958 which signifies that this and East Ham were then only one geographical location and it was not until 1186 that the name Westhamma was recorded. The name is derived from the Old English hamm, a water meadow referring to the low-lying riverside meadow near the bend of the Thames. (See also East Ham.)
West Finchley

West Finchley - see Finchley Central. The station was opened as WEST FINCHLEY by the London & North Eastern Railway on 1 March 1933 and first used by Underground trains on 14 April 1940.
West Brompton

West Brompton signifies Broom Town with suggestions of a wide common - and means the common with the broom trees, near a town'.
Westbourne Park

Westbourne Park was recorded as Westburn in 1222 and is derived from the Old English westan and burnam, 'place'- means the place west of the stream'. Paddington was the sister village on the east bank. The road here was an ancient lane winding through the old Westbourne Farm. The Green was recorded in 1680 hence the Park, now a road.
West Acton

West Acton - see Acton Town.The station was opened as WEST ACTON on 5 November 1923.
Wembley Park

Wembley Park - see Wembley Central. The Wembley stadium, exhibition and entertainment complex occupies the area of the original park.
Wembley Central

Wembley Central was recorded as Wemba lea in 825 and the name is derived from the personal name Wemba and the Old English leah, 'forest clearing' - and means 'the clearing where Wemba lived'. This name may be a nickname or could be taken from Wemba, the name of a Gothic King. It has had various spellings until recorded as Wembley in 1535.

Watford was recorded in 944 and the name is derived from the Old English waed, 'place for wading' or wad, 'hunting' - and means 'ford which is used by hunters', from a once nearby natural feature.

Waterloo was named in commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo (1815). The name was also given to the new bridge over the River Thames (originally called Strand Bridge) which was opened by the Prince Regent on 18 June 1817, the second anniversary of the Battle.