LONDON . 18.2 15.6
See also:Birmingham . 20.2 16.2 Nottingham . 18.4 16-5 Newcastle 20.9 16.8 Sheffield . . 19.6 17-o Berlin 17.8 17.2
See also:Paris . . 19.2 17.4 Manchester 22.6 18.0 New
See also:York . 20.2 18.3 Vienna 20.0 19.0 Liverpool 23.2 19.6 Rome 19.1 20.6 St
See also:Petersburg 25'9 25.3 In r9o5 the lowest
See also:death-rates among the metropolitan boroughs were returned by
See also:Hampstead (9.3),
See also:Lewisham (11.7),
See also:Wandsworth (12.6),
See also:Woolwich (12.8), Stoke Newington (12.9), and the highest by
See also:Shoreditch (19.7),
See also:Finsbury (19.0),
See also:Bermondsey (18.7), Bethnal
See also:Green (18.6) and
See also:Southwark (18.5) . A return of the percentage of inhabitants dwelling in over-crowded tenements shows 2.7 for
See also:ham, 4.5 for Wandsworth, 5.5 for Stoke Newington, and 6.4 for Hampstead, against 35.2 for Finsbury and 29.9 for Shoreditch . Sanitation.-As regards sanitation Lcndon is under
See also:special regulations . When the statutes
See also:relating to public
See also:health were consolidated and amended in 1875 London was excluded; and the
See also:law applicable to it was specially consolidated and amended in 1891 . The London
See also:County Council is a central sanitary authority; the City and metropolitan boroughs are sanitary districts, and the Corporation and
See also:councils are
See also:local sanitary authorities . The County Council deals directly with matters where uniformity of administration is essential, e.g.
See also:main drainage,
See also:housing of working classes,
See also:common lodging-houses and shelters, and contagious diseases of animals .
With a further view to uniformity it has certain
See also:powers of supervision and
See also:control over local authorities, and can make by-
See also:laws respecting construction of local sewers, sanitary conveniences, offensive trades, slaughter-houses and dairies, and prevention of nuisances outside the jurisdiction of local authorities . A medical officer of health for the whole county is appointed by the Council, which also pays
See also:half the salaries of local medical
See also:officers and sanitary inspectors . The Council may also
See also:act in cases of default by the local authorities, or may make representations to the Local
See also:Board respecting such default, whereupon the Board may
See also:direct the Council to withhold payment due to the local authority under the Equalization of Rates Act 1894 . The first act providing for a commission of sewers in London
See also:dates from 1531 . Various
See also:works of a more or less imperfect character Drainage- were carried out, such as the bridging over in 1637 of the
See also:Fleet, which as early as 1307 had become inaccessible to
See also:shipping through the accumulation of filth . Scavengers were employed in early times, and sewage was received into
See also:wells and pumped into the kennels of the streets . A
See also:system of main drainage was inaugurated by the Commissioners of Sewers in 1849, but their
See also:work proceeded very slowly . It was carried on more effectively by the Metropolitan Board of Works (1856-1888) which expended over six-and-a-half millions sterling on the work . The London County Council maintained, completed and improved the system . The length of sewers in the main system is about 288 m., and their construction has cost about eight millions . The system covers the county of London, West Ham, Penge,
See also:Wood Green, and parts of
See also:Willesden, East Ham and
See also:Acton . There are actually two distinct systems,
See also:north and south of the
See also:Thames, having
See also:separate outfall works on the north and south
See also:banks of the river, at
See also:Barking and Crossness .
The clear effluent flows into the Thames, and the sludge is taken 5o m. out to
See also:sea . The
See also:annual cost of
See also:maintenance of the system exceeds 250,000 . The sanitary authorities are concerned only with the supervision of
See also:house drainage, and the construction and maintenance of local sewers discharging into the main system . The Thames and the
See also:Lea Conservancies have powers to guard against the pollution of the
See also:rivers . Hospitals.-The Metropolitan Asylums Board, though established' in 1867 purely as a poor-law authority for the
See also:relief of the sick, insane and infirm paupers, has become a central hospital authority for infectious diseases, with power to receive into its hospitals persons, who are not paupers, suffering from fever, smallpox or diphtheria . Both the Board and the County Council have certain powers and duties of sanitary authority for the purpose of epidemic regulations . The local sanitary authorities carry out the provisions of the Infectious Diseases (Notification and Prevention) Acts, which for London are embodied in the Public Health (London) Act 1891 . The Board has asylums for the insane at Tooting Bee (Wandsworth),
See also:Ealing (for
See also:Caterham, Surrey; and Darenth, Kent . There are twelve fever hospitals, including
See also:northern and
See also:southern convalescent hospitals . For smallpox the Board maintains hospital
See also:ships moored in the Thames at
See also:Dartford, and a
See also:establishment at the same place . There are land and river
See also:ambulance services . There are three
See also:regular funds in London for the support of hospitals .
See also:Edward's Hospital Fund (1897) founded- by King Edward VII. as
See also:Prince of
See also:Wales in
See also:commemoration of the
See also:Jubilee of
See also:Victoria . The
See also:League of Mercy, under royal
See also:charter, operates in conjunction with the Fund in the collection of small subscriptions . The
See also:Order of Mercy was instituted by the King as a
See also:reward for distinguished
See also:personal service . (2) The Metropolitan Hospital
See also:Sunday Fund, founded in 1873, draws the greater
See also:part of its revenue from collections in churches on stated occasions . (3) The Metropolitan Hospital Saturday Fund was founded in 1873, and is made up chiefly of small sums collected in places of business, &c . The following is a
See also:list of the
See also:principal London hospitals, with dates of foundation i . General Hospitals with Medical
See also:Schools (all of which, with the exception of that of the
See also:Seamen's Hospital, are schools of London University) :- Charing
See also:Cross; Agar Street, Strand (1820) .
See also:Guy's; St
See also:Thomas Street, Southwark (1724) . King's
See also:College; Lincoln's
See also:Fields (1839) . London; Whitechapel (1740) . Middlesex;
See also:Mortimer Street, Marylebone (1745) . North London, or University College; Gower Street (1833) .
See also:Gray's Inn Road (1828; on
See also:present site, 1842) . London School of
See also:Medicine for
See also:Women . St Bartholomew's; Smithfield (1123; refounded 1547) . St
See also:George's; Hyde
See also:Park Corner (1733) . St Mary's;
See also:Paddington (1845) . St Thomas';
See also:Lambeth (1213; on present site, 1871) . Seamen's Hospital Society;
See also:Greenwich (1821) .
See also:Westminster, facing the Abbey . (1720; on present site, 1.834) . 2 . General Hospitals without Schools:
See also:Great Northern Central;
See also:Islington (1856; on present -site, 1887) . Metropolitan;
See also:Hackney (1836) .
-Poplar Hospital for Accidents (1854) . West London;
See also:Hammersmith Road (1856) . 3 . Hospitals for Special Purposes:
See also:Consumption Hospital (1841) .
See also:Cancer Hospital; Brompton (1851) . City of London Hospital for diseases of the chest; Bethnal Green (1848) . East London Hospital for Children and Dispensary for Women;
See also:Shadwell (1868) . - Hospital for Sick Children; Bloomsbury (1852) . London Fever Hospital; Islington (1802) . -
See also:National Hospital for Paralysed and Epileptics; Bloomsbury (1859) . Royal Hospital for Incurables; Putney (1854) . Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital; City Road (1804; on present site, 1899) .
(See also separate articles on boroughs.)
See also:Water Supply.-In the 12th century London was supplied with water from local streams and wells, of which
See also:Holy Well, Clerk's Well (
See also:Clerkenwell) and St
See also:Clement's Well, near St Clement's Inn, were examples . In 1236 the magistrates
See also:purchased the liberty to convey the
See also:waters of the
See also:Tyburn from Paddington to the City by leaden pipes, and a great conduit was erected in West Cheap in 1285 . Other conduits were subsequently built (cf . Conduit Street off Bond Street, Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury); and water was also supplied by the
See also:company of water-bearers in leathern panniers
See also:borne by horses . In 1582
See also:Peter Moris, a Dutchman, erected a " forcier " on an arch of London
See also:Bridge, which he rented for los. per annum for 500 years . His works succeeded and increased, and continued in his
See also:family till 1701, when a company took over the lease . Other forciers had been set up, and in 1609, on an act of 1605,
See also:Sir Hugh Myddelton undertook the task of supplying reservoirs at Clerkenwell through the New river from springs near
See also:Ware, Hertfordshire; and these were opened in 1613 . In 1630 a
See also:scheme to bring water from
See also:Hoddesdon on the Lea was promoted by aid of a lottery licensed by
See also:Charles I . The
See also:Chelsea Water Company opened its supply from the Thames in 1721; the Lambeth waterworks were erected in 1783; the
See also:Vauxhall Company was established in 1805, the West Middlesex, near Hammersmith, and the East London on the river Lea in 1806, the Kent on the Ravensbourne (
See also:Deptford) in 181o, the
See also:Grand Junction in 1811, and the Southwark (which amalgamated with the Vauxhall) in 1822; For many years proposals to amalgamate the working of the companies and displace them by a central public authority were put forward from
See also:time to time . The difficulty of administration
See also:lay in the fact that of the
See also:area of 62o sq. m. constituting what is known as " Water London " (see map in London
See also:Statistics, vol. xix., issued by the L.C.C., 1909) the London County Council has authority over little more than one-third, and therefore when the Council proposed Metropolitan Asylums Board . to acquire the eight undertakings concerned its scheme was opposed ance of proper precautions against
See also:fire in theatres and places of not only by the companies but by the county councils and local authorities outside the County of London . The Council had a scheme of bringing water to London from Wales, in view of increasing demands on a stationary supply .
This involved impounding the headwaters of the Wye, the Towey and theUsk, and the
See also:total cost was estimated to exceed fifteen millions sterling . The capacity of existing
See also:sources, however, was deemed sufficient by a Royal Commission under
See also:Balfour of Burleigh in 1893, and this opinion was endorsed by a further Commission under Lord
See also:Llandaff . The construction of large storage reservoirs was recommended, and this work was put in
See also:hand jointly by the New River, West Middlesex and Grand Junction companies at
See also:Staines on the Thames . As regards administration ,Lord Llandaff's Commission recommended the creation Metro- of a Water
See also:Trust, and in 1902 the Metropolis Water Act Metro- constituted the Metropolitan Water Board to
See also:purchase Water and carry on the undertakings of the eight companies, Board. and of certain local authorities . It consists of 66 members appointed by the London County Council (14), the City of London and the City of Westminster (2 each), the other Metropolitan boroughs (I each), the county councils of Middlesex, Hertfordshire,
See also:Essex, Kent and Surrey (1 each), borough of West Ham (2), various groups of other boroughs and urban districts, and the Thames and the Lea Conservancies . The first election of the Board took place in 1903 . The 24th of
See also:June, 1904, was the date fixed on which control passed to the Board, and in the meantime a
See also:Court of Arbitration adjudicated the claims of the companies for compensation for the acquisition of their properties . " Water London " is an irregular area extending from Ware in Hertfordshire to
See also:Sevenoaks in Kent, and westward as far as Ealing and
See also:Sunbury . A
See also:constant supply is maintained generally throughout " Water London," although a suspension between certain
See also:hours has been occasionally necessitated, as in 1895 and 1898, when, during summer droughts, the East London supply was so affected . During these periods other companies had a surplus of water, and in 1899 an act was passed providing for the interconnexion of systems . The Thames and Lea are the principal sources of supply, but the Kent and (partially) the New River Company draw supplies from springs . The systems of filtration employed by the different companies varied in efficacy, but both the Royal Commissions decided that water as supplied to the consumer was generally of a very high standard of purity .
See also:expenditure of the Water Board for 1907–1908 amounted to !2,846,265 .
See also:Debt charges absorbed £I,512,718 of this amount . Public
See also:baths and washhouses are provided by local authorities under various acts between 1846 and 1896, which have been adopted by all the borough councils .
See also:Lighting.—From 1416 citizens were obliged to hang out candles between certain hours on dark nights to illuminate the streets . An act of parliament enforced this in 1661; in 1684 Edward Heming, the inventor of oil lamps, obtained licence to supply public
See also:lights; and in 1736 the corporation took the
See also:matter in hand, levying a
See also:rate .
See also:Gas-lighting was introduced on one side of
See also:Pall Mall in 1807, and in 1810 the Gas
See also:Light &
See also:Coke Company received a charter, and
See also:developed gas-lighting in Westminster . The City of London Gas Company followed in 1817, and seven other companies soon after . Wasteful competition ensued until in 1857 an agreement was made between the companies to restrict their services to separate localities, and the Gas Light & Coke Company, by amalgamating other companies, then gradually acquired all the gas-lighting north of the Thames, while a considerable area in the south was provided for by another great gas company, the South Metropolitan . Various acts from 186o onwards have laid down laws as to the quality and cost of gas . Gas must he supplied at 16-candle
See also:illuminating power, and is officially tested by the chemists' department of the London County Council . The amalgamations mentioned were effected subsequently to 1860, and there are now three principal companies within the county, the Gas Light & Coke, South Metropolitan and Commercial, though certain other companies supply some of the outlying districts . As regards street lighting, the extended use of burners with in-candescent mantles has been of
See also:good effect .
The Metropolitan Board of Works, and the commissioners of sewers in the City, began experiments with electric light . At theclose of the 19th and the beginning of the 2oth century a large number of electric light companies came into existence, and some of the metropolitan borough councils, and local authorities within Greater London, also undertook the supply . An extensive use of the light resulted in the principal streets and in shops, offices and private houses . Fire.—In 1832 the fire
See also:insurance companies
See also:united to maintain a small fire
See also:brigade, and continued to do so until 1866 . The brigade was confined to the central part of the metropolis; for the
See also:rest, the parochial authorities had
See also:charge of protection from fire . The central brigade came undef the control of the Metropolitan Board of Works; and the County Council now manages the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, under a chief officer and a
See also:staff numbering about 1300 . The cost of maintenance exceeds £200,000 annually; contributions towards this are made by the
See also:Treasury and the fire insurance companies . The Council controls the
See also:provision of fire escapes in factories employing over 40 persons, under an act of 1901; it also compels the mainten- entertainments . A
See also:Corps is independently maintained by the Insurance Companies . Cemeteries.—The administrative authorities of cemeteries for the county are the borough councils and the City Corporation and private companies . The large cemetery at Brompton is the
See also:property of the government . Kensal Green cemetery, the
See also:burial-place of many famous persons, is of great extent, but several large cemeteries outside the metropolis have come into use .
Such are that of the London
See also:Necropolis Company at Brookwood near
See also:Woking, Surrey, and that of the parishes of St Mary Abbots,
See also:Kensington, and St . George, Hanover Square, at
See also:Hanwell, Middlesex . Crematoria are provided at certain of the companies' cemeteries, and the
See also:Cremation Act 1902 enabled borough councils to provide crematoria . V .
See also:EDUCATION AND RECREATION Education.—The
See also:British and
See also:Foreign School Society (1808) and the National Society (1811), together with the Ragged Schools Union . (1844), were the only special organizations providing for
See also:Element-the education of the poorer classes until 1870 . To meet ary the demand for elementary education, increasing as it did education. with population, was beyond the powers of these
See also:societies, the churches and the various charitable institutions . Thus a return of 1871 showed that the schools were capable of accommodating only 39 % of the children of school-going age . In 187o, however, a School Board had been created in addition, and this
See also:body carried out much good work during its
See also:thirty-four years of existence . In 1903 the Education (London) Act was passed in pursuance of the general system, put into operation by the Education Act (1902) of bringing education within the
See also:scope of municipal government . The County Council was created a local education authority, and given control of secular education in both board and voluntary schools . It appoints an education
See also:committee in accordance with a scheme approved by the Board of Education .
This scheme must allow of the Council selecting at least amajority of the committee, and must provide for the inclusion of experts and women . Each school or
See also:group of schools is under a body of managers, in the
See also:appointment of whom the borough council and the County Council
See also:share in the following proportions:—(a) Board or provided schools; borough council, two-thirds; county council, one-third: (b) Voluntary or non-provided schools; the foundation, two-thirds; borough council and county council, each one-
See also:sixth . The total number of public elementary schools was 963 in 1905, with '752,487 scholars on the
See also:register . Other institutions include higher elementary schools for pupils certified to be able to profit by higher instruction; and schools for
See also:deaf and defective children . Instruction for teachers is provided in
See also:pupil teachers' centres (preparatory), and in residential and
See also:day training colleges . There are about 15 such colleges . Previous to the act of 1903 the County Council had educational powers under the hnical Technical Instructions Acts which enabled it to provide Teceducation. technical education through a special board, merged by the act of 1903 in the education committee . The City and Guilds of London Institute, Gresham College, also maintains various technical institutions . The establishment of polytechnics was provided for by the City of London Parochial Charities Act 1883; the charities being administered by trustees . The
See also:model institution was that of Mr Quintin Hogg (188o) in
See also:Regent Street, where a striking statue by George Frampton (1906) commemorates him . The general scope of the polytechnics is to give instruction both in general knowledge and special crafts or trades by means of classes, lectures and laboratories, instructive entertainments and exhibitions, and facilities for bodily and
See also:mental exercise (gymnasia,
See also:libraries, &c.) . Other similar institutions exist primarily for special purposes, as the St
See also:Bride Foundation Institute, near Fleet Street, in immediate proximity to the great newspaper offices, for the printing
See also:trade, and the Herolds' Institute, a branch of the Borough Polytechnic situated in Bermondsey, for the purposes of the
See also:leather trade .
The County Council also
See also:aids numerous separate schools of
See also:art, both general and special, such as the Royal School of Art
See also:Needlework and the School of Art Woodcarving; the City and Guilds Institute maintains similar establishments at some of its colleges, and art schools are also generally attached to the polytechnics . The London County Council maintains a number of
See also:industrial schools and reformatories, both in London and in the
See also:country, for children who have shown or are likely to be misled into a phllaa tendency towards lawlessness . The City Corporation has throplca- l separate responsibilities in the same direction, but has iastitu= no schools of its own . The expenditure of the London tloag . County Council on education for 1907–1908 was £4,281,291 for elementary education, and £742,962 for higher education . The work of private philanthropists and philanthropical bodies among the poor of East London, Southwark and Bermondsey, and elsewhere, falls to be noticed at this point . The labours of the regular
See also:clergy here lie largely in the direction of social reform, and churches and
See also:missions have been established and are maintained by colleges, such as Christ
See also:Oxford, schools and other bodies . There are, further, " settlements " where members of the various bodies may reside in order to devote themselves to philanthropical work; and these include clubs, recreation rooms and other institutions for the use of the poor . Such are the Oxford House, Bethnal Green; the Cambridge House,
See also:Camberwell Road;
See also:Hall, Whitechapel; Mansfield House, Canning
See also:Town; the Robert
See also:Browning Settlement, Southwark; and the Passmore
See also:Edwards Settlement, St Pancras . There are also several women's settlements of a similar character . The
See also:People's Palace, Mile End Road, opened in 1887, is both a recreative and an educational institution (called East London College) erected and subsequently extended mainly through the liberality of the Drapers' Company and of .private donors . In early times the priories and other religious houses had generally grammar schools attached to them .
Those at St Peter's, Westminster, Public and StPaul's, attained a fame which has survived, while schools. other similar
See also:foundations lapsed, such as St Anthony's (Threadneedle Street, City), at which Sir Thomas More, Archbishop
See also:Whitgift and many other men of
See also:eminence received education . Certain of the schools were re-endowed after the dissolution of the monasteries . St Peter's College or Westminster School (see WESTMINSTER) is unique among
See also:English public schools of the highest
See also:rank in maintaining its
See also:original situation in London . Other early metropolitan foundations have been moved in accordance with
See also:modern tendencies either into the country or to sites aloof from the heart of London . Thus
See also:Charterhouse school, part of the foundation of Sir Thomas Sutton (1611), was moved from Finsbury to
See also:Godalming, Surrey; St Paul's School occupies modern buildings at Hammersmith, and Christ's Hospital is at
See also:Sussex . Of other schools,
See also:Merchant Taylors' was founded by the Company of that name in 1561, and has occupied, since 1875, the premises vacated by Charterhouse School . The Mercers' School, Dowgate, was origin-ally attached to the hospital of St Thomas of
See also:Aeon, which was sold to the Mercers' Company in 1522, on
See also:condition that the company should maintain the school . The City of London School, founded in Milk Street, Clteapside, by the City Corporation in 1835, occupies modern buildings on the Victoria
See also:Embankment .
See also:Dulwich College originated in the foundation of the College of
See also:Gift by Edward
See also:Alleyn in 1626, and is now constituted as one of the principal English public schools . St Olave's and St Saviour's grammar school, Southwark, received its charter in 1571 . Both classical and modern education is provided; a large number of scholarships are maintained out of the foundation, and exhibitions from the school to the
See also:universities and other higher educational institutions . London University.—The University of London was incorporated by royal charter in 1836, as an examining body for conferring degrees .
Its scope and powers were extended by subsequent charters, and in 1900, under the University of London Act 1898, it was reorganized as both a teaching and an examining body . The
See also:function of the
See also:academic department is to control the teaching branch,
See also:examinations, &c., and that of the
See also:external department to control external examinations, while the university extension system occupies a third department . The university is governed by a
See also:senate consisting of a chancellor, chairman of convocation and 54 members, whose appointment is shared by the
See also:Crown, convocation, the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Surgeons, the Inns of Court, the Law Society, the London County Council, City Corporation, City and Guilds Institute, University and King's Colleges and the faculties . The faculties are
See also:theology, arts, law,
See also:music, medicine, science,
See also:engineering and
See also:economics . The schools of the University include University College, Gower Street, and King's College,
See also:Somerset House (with both of which preparatory schools are connected), East London College and numerous institutions devoted to special faculties both within and without London . The university in part occupies buildings which formerly belonged to the Imperial Institute . Other Educational Institutions.—The Board of Education directly administers the following educational institutions—the Victoria and
See also:Albert Museum, South Kensington, with its branch at Bethnal Green, from both of which
See also:objects are
See also:lent to various institutions for educational purposes; the Royal College of Science, South Kensington, with which is incorporated the Royal School of Mines; the
See also:Geological Survey of the United
See also:Kingdom and the Museum of
See also:Practical Geology, Jermyn Street; the Solar Physics
See also:Observatory, South Kensington ; and the Royal College of Art, South Kensington . At Gresham College, . Basinghall Street, City, founded in 1597 by Sir Thomas Gresham, and moved to its present site in 1843, lectures are given in the principal branches of science, law, divinity, medicine, &c . Some further important establishments and institutions may be tabulated here : Architecture.—The Royal Institute of British Architects, Conduit Street, conducts examinations and awards diplomas . Education.—The College of Preceptors, Bloomsbury, conducts examinations of persons engaged in education and awards diplomas . Engineering.—A School of Practical Engineering is maintained at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham .
Law.—The Inns of Court are four—Middle
See also:Temple, Inner Temple, Lincoln's Inn, Gray's Inn . A joint board of examiners examines students previous to
See also:admission . The Council of Legal Education superintends the education and subsequent examination of students . (See INNS OF COURT.) The Law Society is the superintending body for examination and admission in the case of solicitors . Medical.—The Royal College of Physicians is in Pall Mall East,and the Royal College of Surgeons is in Lincoln's Inn Fields . The Society of Apothecaries is in Water Lane, City . The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is in Red Lion Square, and the Royal Veterinary College at
See also:Camden Town . (The principal hospitals having schools are noted in the list of hospitals, Section VII.) Military and
See also:Naval.—The Royal Military College and the
See also:Ordnance College are at Woolwich ; the Royal Naval College at Greenwich . Music.—The principal educational institutions are—the Royal Academy of Music, Tenterden Street, Hanover Square; the Royal College of Music, South Kensington;
See also:Guildhall School, City, near the Victoria Embankment; London College, Great
See also:Marlborough Street; Trinity College, Manchester Square; Victoria College, Berners Street; and the Royal College of Organists, Bloomsbury . Scientific Societies.—Numerous learned societies have their
See also:head-quarters in London, and the following may especially be noticed here .
See also:Burlington House, in Piccadilly, built in 1872 on the site of a
See also:mansion of the earls of Burlington, houses the Royal Society, the Chemical, Geological, Linnaean and Royal Astronomical Societies, the Society of Antiquaries and the British Association for the
See also:Advancement of Science, of which the annual meetings take place at different British or colonial towns in succession . The Royal Society, the most dignified and influential of all, was incorporated by Charles II. in 1663 .
It originally occupied rooms in
See also:Crane Court, City, and was moved in 1780 to Somerset House, where others of the societies named were also located . The Society of Arts,
See also:John Street, Adelphi, was established in 1754 for the encouragement of arts, manufactures and commerce . The Royal Institution,
See also:Albemarle Street, was founded in 1799, maintains a library and laboratories and promotes
See also:research in connexion with the experimental sciences . The Royal
See also:Geographical Society, occupying a
See also:building close to Burlington House in Savile
See also:Row, maintains a map-
See also:room open to the public, holds lectures by prominent explorers and geographers, and takes a leading part in the promotion of geographical
See also:discovery . The Royal Botanic Society has private gardens in the midst of Regent's Park, where flower shows and general entertainments are held . The Royal Horticultural Society maintains gardens at Wisley, Surrey, and has an
See also:exhibition hall in Vincent Square, Westminster . The exhibitions of the Royal Agricultural Society are held at Park Royal, near Willesden . The Zoological Society maintains a magnificent collection of living specimens in the Zoological Gardens, Regent's Park, a popular resort . Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries.—In the British Museum London possesses one of the most celebrated collections in the
See also:world, originated in 1753 by the purchase of Sir Hans
See also:Sloane's collection and library by the government . The great building in Bloomsbury (1828–1852) with its massive Ionic portico, houses the collections of antiquities, coins, books,
See also:manuscripts and drawings, and contains the
See also:reading-rooms for the use of readers . The natural
See also:history branch was removed to a building at South Kensington (the Natural History Museum) in 1881, where the zoological, botanical and mineralogical exhibits are kept . Close to this museum is the Victoria and Albert Museum (formerly South Kensington Museum, 1857) for which an extension of buildings, from a
See also:fine design by Sir
See also:Aston Webb, was begun in 1899 and completed in ten years .
Here are collections of pictures and drawings, including the
See also:Raphael cartoons, objects of art of every description,
See also:mechanical and scientific collections, and
See also:Chinese and Persian collections, and an
See also:Indian section . In the vicinity, also, is the fine building of the Imperial Institute, founded in 1887 as an exhibition to illustrate the resources of all parts of the
See also:Empire, as well as an institution for the furtherance of imperial intercourse; though not developed on the scale originally intended . Other museums are Sir John
See also:Soane's collection in Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, while the scientific societies have libraries and in some cases collections of a specialized character, such as the museums of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Architectural Society, and the Society of Art and the Parkes Museum of the Sanitary Institute . Among permanent art collections the first place is taken by the National Gallery in
See also:Trafalgar Square . This magnificent collection was originated in 1824, and the building dates from 1838, but has been more than once enlarged . The building of the National Portrait Gallery, adjoining it, dates from 1896, but the nucleus of the collection was formed in 1858 . The munificence of Sir
See also:Henry Tate provided the gallery, commonly named after him, by the Thames near Vauxhall Bridge, which contains the national collection of British art . The
See also:Wallace collection of paintings and objects of art, in Hertford House, Manchester Square, was bequeathed to the nation by the widow of Sir
See also:Richard Wallace in 1897 . Dulwich College Eossesses a fine series of paintings, of the Dutch and other schools, e ueathed by Sir P . F . Bourgeois in 1811 . There are also notable collections of pictures in several of the mansions of the
See also:nobility, government buildings, halls of the City Companies and elsewhere .
No gallery in London is exclusively or especially devoted tosculpture . Of the periodical art exhibitions that of the Royal Academy is most noteworthy . It is held annually at Burlington House from the first
See also:Monday in May to the first Monday in
See also:August . It consists mainly of paintings, but includes a few drawings and examples of sculpture . Earlier in each
See also:year exhibitions of works by deceased British artists and by old masters are held, and the
See also:Gibson and Diploma Galleries are permanent exhibitions . At the Guildhall special exhibitions are 949 1271 acres 205 ++ 541 72 115 +, 339 +, 805 3201 511 66 „ 621 2 16711 103 63 66 1511 „ 66 „ 217 ,, 155 ,+ 193 „ „ COMMERCE) held from time to time . There are a number of art galleries in and about Bond Street and Piccadilly, Regent Street and Pall Mall, such as the New Gallery, where periodical exhibitions are given by the New English Art
See also:Club, the Royal Society of Painters in Water-
See also:Colours, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, other societies and art dealers . Municipal provision of public libraries under acts of 1892 and 1893 is general throughout London, and these institutions are exceedingly popular for purposes both of reference and of
See also:loan . The acts are extended to include the provisions of museums and art galleries, but the borough councils have not as a
See also:rule availed them-selves of this extension . The London County Council administers the Horniman Museum at
See also:Hill, Lewisham . The City Corporation maintains the fine Guildhall library and museum . A few free libraries are supported by donations and subscriptions or charities .
Besides the Government reference libraries at the British Museum and South Kensington there are other such libraries, of a specialized character, as at the Patent
See also:Office and the Record Office . Among lending libraries should be noticed the London Library in St
See also:James's Square, Pall Mall . Theatres and Places of Entertainment.—The principal London theatres lie between Piccadilly and Temple
See also:Bar, and High
See also:Holborn and Victoria Street, the majority being in
See also:Shaftesbury Avenue, the Haymarket, the neighbourhood of Charing Cross and the Strand . At these central theatres successful plays are allowed to " run " for protracted periods, but there are numerous fine houses in other parts of London which are generally occupied by a succession of touring companies presenting either revivals of popular plays or plays successful at the moment in the central theatres . The principal music halls (variety theatres) are in Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly
See also:Leicester Square and the Strand . The Covent
See also:Garden theatre is the principal home of grand
See also:opera; the building, though spacious, suffers by comparison with the magnificence of opera houses in some other capitals, but during the opera
See also:season the scene within the theatre is brilliant . The chief halls devoted mainly to concerts are the Royal Albert Hall, close to the South Kensington museums, and Queen's Hall in
See also:Langham Place, Regent Street . For a long time St James's Hall (demolished in 1905) between Regent Street and Piccadilly was the chief concert hall .
See also:Oratorio is given usually in the Albert Hall, the vast area of which is especially suited for a large
See also:chorus and orchestra, and at the Crystal Palace (q.v.) . This latter building,
See also:standing on high ground at Sydenham, and visible from far over the metropolis, is devoted not only to concerts, but to general entertainment, and the extensive grounds give accommodation for a variety of sports and amusements . Among other popular places of entertainment may be mentioned the exhibition grounds and buildings at
See also:Earl's Court; similar grounds at Shepherd's
See also:Bush, where a Franco-British Exhibition was held in 1908, an Imperial Exhibition in 1909, and an Anglo-Japanese in 191o; the great
See also:Olympia hall, West Kensington; the celebrated
See also:wax-work exhibition of Madame
See also:Tussaud in Marylebone Road; the Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, an institution resembling the Crystal Palace; and the Agricultural Hall, Islington, where agricultural and other exhibitions are held . The well-known
See also:Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly was taken down in 1906, and the permanent
See also:conjuring entertainment for which (besides picture exhibitions) it was noted was removed elsewhere .
Theatres, music halls, concert halls and other places of entertainment are licensed by the County Council, except that the licence forstage-plays is granted by the lord
See also:chamberlain under the Theatres Act 1843 . The council provides for inspection of places of entertainment in respect of precautions against fire, structural safety, &c . The principal clubs are in and about Piccadilly and Pall Mall (see CLUB) . A club for soldiers, sailors and
See also:marines in London, called the Union
See also:Jack Club, was opened in
See also:Waterloo Road by King Edward VII. in 1907 . Parks and Open Spaces: Administration.—The administration of parks and open spaces in and
See also:round London, topographical details of the principal of which are given in Section I., is divided between the Office of Works, the London County Council, the City Corporation and the borough councils . The Office of Works controls the Royal parks, the County Council controls the larger parks and open spaces not under Government or City control, and the borough councils the smaller; while the City Corporation controls certain public grounds outside the County of London . There are a few other bodies
See also:con-trolling particular open spaces, as the following list of public grounds exceeding 5o acres (in 1910) will show: 1 . Under the Office of Works: Green Park . 521 acres Greenwich Park . 185 Hyde Park . 363+ Kensington Gardens . 2744 Regent's Park .
4721 St James's Park 93 2 . Under theWar Office: Woolwich Common 3 . Under the London County Council: Avery Hill, Eltham
See also:Battersea Park
See also:Blackheath . Bostall Heath and Woods, WoolwichBrockwell Park, Herne Hill Clapham Common Clissold Park Dulwich Park Finsbury Park Hackney
See also:Marsh Hainault Forest, Essex . Hampstead Heath . Ladywell Ground, Lewisham Marble Hill,
See also:Twickenham . Millfields, Hackney Parliament Hill
See also:Rye and Park Plumstead Common . Southwark Park .
See also:Streatham Common . Tooting Bec Common . Tooting Graveney Common Victoria Park, East London Wandsworth Common
See also:Wormwood Scrubbs Under the City Corporation: Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire Coulsdon
See also:Commons, Surrey
See also:Epping Forest, Essex .
See also:Highgate Woods .
West Ham Park 77
See also:Wimbledon and Putney Commons are under a board of conservators . The London County Council's parks and open spaces increased in number from 40 in 1890 to 114 in 1907, and in acreage from 2656 to 5006 in the same years . The expenditure in 1907–1908 was £131,582, which sum included £11,987 for bands . (See also separate articles on boroughs.) Bathing (at certain hours) and boating are permitted in the ornamental waters in several of the parks, music is provided and much
See also:attention is paid to the protection of waterfowl and other birds, while herds of
See also:deer are maintained in some places, and also botanical gardens . Surplus
See also:plants and cuttings are generally distributed without charge to educational or charitable institutions, and to the poor . Provision is made for cricket,
See also:football and other
See also:games in a number of the parks . Large gatherings of spectators are attracted to the first-class cricket matches played at Lord's ground, St John's Wood, by the Marylebone Club and the Middlesex County teams,
See also:Eton College against
See also:Harrow School, and Oxford against Cambridge University; to the
See also:Oval for the matches of the Surrey club, and the
See also:Leyton ground for those of the Essex club . In the Crystal Palace grounds the final match for the English Association Football
See also:cup is generally played, and huge crowds from both the metropolis and the provinces witness the
See also:game . At Queen's Club, West Kensington, the annual Oxford and Cambridge athletic
See also:meeting and others take place, besides football matches, and there is covered accommodation for tennis and other games . Professional association football teams are maintained locally in several parts of London, and much popular
See also:interest is taken in their matches .
See also:Rugby football is upheld by such notable teams as Blackheath and
See also:Richmond . Fashionable society takes its pastimes at such centres as the grounds of the Hurlingham and
See also:Ranelagh clubs, at
See also:Fulham and
See also:Barnes respectively, where polo and other games are played ; and Rotten Row, the
See also:horse-track in Hyde Park, is the favourite resort of riders .
In summer, boating on the lovely reaches of the Thames above the metropolis forms the recreation of thousands . The growth of popularity of thecycle, and later of the motor-
See also:car, has been a principal factor in the wide development of a tendency to leave London during the " week-end," that is to say, as a rule, for Saturday after-
See also:noon and Sunday . With many this is a practice at all seasons, and the railway companies
See also:foster the
See also:habit by means of tickets at reduced fares to all parts . The watering-places of the Sussex, Kent and Essex coasts, and pre-eminently
See also:Brighton, are specially favoured for these brief holidays . VI . COMMERCE
See also:Port of London.—The extent of the Port of London has been variously defined for different purposes, but for those of the Port Authority it is taken to extend from
See also:Lock to a
See also:line between Yantlet Creek in Kent and the City
See also:Stone opposite Canvey Isle and in Essex . London Bridge is to outward appearance the up-river limit of the port . There are wharves and a large carrying trade in
See also:barges above this point, but below it the river is crowded with shipping, and extensive docks open on either hand . Towards the close of the 19th century evidence was accumulating that the development of the Port of London was not keeping
See also:pace with that of shipping generally . In 1900 a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the existing administration of the port, the alleged inadequacy of accommodation for vessels and kindred questions, and to advance a scheme of 159 So 1991 267 13311 4 . 375 ,, • 347 55591 . 69 „ reform .
See also:report, issued in 1902, showed apprehension to be well founded . The rive', it was ascertained, was not kept sufficiently dredged; the re-export trade was noted as showing an especially serious decline, and the administration was found to suffer from decentralization . The recommendations of the Commission included the creation of a single controlling authority to take over the powers of the Thames Conservancy Watermen's Company, and Trinity House and the docks of the companies already detailed . This authority, it was advised, should consist of 40 members, of whom 11 should be nominated by the London County Council and 3 by the Corporation of the City (supposing these bodies to accept certain
See also:financial responsibilities proposed in the direction of river improvements), 5 by the
See also:governors of the
See also:Bank of England from the
See also:mercantile community, 2 by the London Chamber of Commerce, and 1 each by the
See also:Admiralty, Board of Trade and Trinity House . The remaining members should be elected by various groups, e.g. shipowners,
See also:barge owners, the railway companies interested, &c .
See also:Rival schemes, however, were proposed by the London County Council,which proposed to take over the entire control through a committee, by the City Corporation, which suggested that it should appoint 1 o instead of 3 members to the new board; and by the London Chamber of Commerce, which proposed a
See also:Harbour Trust of ex-officio and elected members . The Thames Conservancy also offered itself as the public authority . In 1902 a Mansion House
See also:Conference was convened by the lord mayor and a deputation was appointed which in 1903 pressed the solution of the matter upon the government . A noteworthy scheme to improve the condition of the Thames, first put forward in 1902–1903, was that of constructing a
See also:dam with four locks across the river between
See also:Gravesend Thames and Tilbury . The estimated cost was between three barrage scheme. and four millions sterling, to be met by a
See also:toll, and it was urged that a
See also:independent of tides, would be ensured above the dam, that delay of large vessels wishing to proceed up river would thus be obviated, that the river would be relieved of pollution by the tides, and the
See also:necessity for constant dredging would be abolished . This " barrage scheme " was discussed at considerable length, and its theoretical advantages were not universally admitted . The scheme included a railway tunnel beneath the dam, for which, incidentally, a high military importance was claimed .
In 1904 the Port of London
See also:Bill, embodying the recommendations of the Royal Commission with certain exceptions, was Port brought forward, but it was found impossible to carry authorities it through . In 1908, however, the Port of London Act before was passed, and came into force in 1909 . This act 1909 . provided for the establishment of a Port Authority, the constitution of which is detailed below, which took over the entire control of the port, together with the docks and other property of the several existing companies . The principal
See also:dock companies, with the docks owned by them, were as follows: 1 . London and India Company.—This company had amalgamated all the docks on the north side of the river except the Millwall Docks . Following the river
See also:clown from the Tower these docks, with dates of original opening and existing extent, are—St Katherine's (1828; to acres), London (1805; 572 acres), West India, covering the northern part of the peninsula called the Isle of
See also:Dogs (1802; 1211 acres), East India, Blackwall (1806; 38 acres), Royal Victoria and Albert Docks (1876 and 188o respectively), parallel with the river along Bugsby's and Woolwich Reaches, nearly 3 M. in distance (181 acres) and Tilbury Docks, 25 M. below London Bridge, constructed in 1886 by the East and West India Docks Company (65 acres) . Tilbury Docks are used by the largest steamers trading with the port . 2 . Alilluall Docks (1868), in the south part of the Isle of Dogs, are 36 acres in extent . 3 . Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe (Bermondsey), occupy a peninsula between the
See also:Pool and Limehouse Reach .
There have been docks at Rotherhithe since the
See also:middle of the 17th century . The total area is 176 acres, a large new dock, the
See also:Greenland, being opened in 1904 . The principal
See also:railways have wharves and through connexions for goods
See also:traffic, and huge warehouses are attached to the docks . The
See also:custom house stands on the north bank, a
See also:short distance from London Bridge, in Lower Thames Street . It dates from 1817, the body of thebuilding being by
See also:Laing, but the Corinthian
See also:facade was added by
See also:Smirke . It includes a museum containing
See also:ancient documents and specimens of articles seized by the customs authorities . The chief authorities concerned in the government of the Port of London till 1909 were: 1 . Thames Conservancy.—For conservancy purposes, regulation of navigation, removal of obstruction, dredging, &c . 2 . City Corporation.—Port sanitary purposes from Teddington Lock seawards . 3 . Trinity House.—Pilotage, lighting and buoying from London Bridge seawards .
4 . The Watermen's and Lightermen's Company.—The licensing authority for watermen and lightermen . Besides these authorities, the London County Council, the Board of Trade, the Admiralty, the Metropolitan and City
See also:Police, police of riparian boroughs, Kent and Essex
See also:Fisheries Commissioners, all the dock companies and others played some part in the government and public services of the port . Port Authority.—The Port of London Authority, as constituted by the act of 1908, is a body corporate consisting of a chairman,
See also:vice-chairman, 17 members elected by payers of dues, wharfingers and owners of river craft, r member elected by wharfingers exclusively, and 10 members appointed by the following existing bodies—Admiralty (one); Board of Trade (two); London County Council (two from among its own members and two others); City Corporation (one from among its own members and one other); Trinity House (one) . The Board of Trade and the County Council must each, under the act, consult with representatives of labour as to the appointment of one of the members, in order that labour maybe represented on the Port Authority . The first " elected " members were actually, under the act, appointed by the Board of Trade . The under-takings of the three dock companies mentioned above were transferred to and vested in the Port Authority, an
See also:equivalent amount of port stock created under the act being issued to each . The Port Authority has full powers to authorize construction works . All the rights, powers and duties of the Thames Conservancy, so far as concerns the Thames below Teddington Lock, were transferred to the Port Authority under the act, as also were the powers of the Watermen's Company in respect of the
See also:registration and licensing of vessels, and the regulation of lightermen and watermen . The Port Authority fixes the port rates, which, however, must not in any two consecutive years exceed one-thousandth part of the value of all imports and exports, or a three-thousandth of the value of goods discharged from or taken on board vessels not within the premises of a dock . Preferential dock charges are prohibited and a port fund established under the act . The authority has powers to
See also:money, but for certain purposes in this connexion, as in other matters, it can only act subject to the approval of the Board of Trade .
Commerce.—The following figures may be quoted for purposes of comparison at different periods: Value of Exports of Home Produce (184o), £11,586,037; (1894), £60,232,118; (188o), £52,600,929; (1902–1905
See also:average), £60,095,294 . Imports (188o), £141,442,907; (1902–1905), £174,059,316 . These figures point to the fact that London is essentially a mart, and neither is itself, nor is the especial outlet for, a large manufacturing centre; hence imports greatly exceed exports . Vessels entered and cleared (foreign and colonial trade) Year . Entered . Cleared .
See also:Tonnage . Tonnage . 1694 135,972 81,148 1750 511,68o 179,860 1800 796,632 729,554 1841–1850 1,596,453 1,124,793 (average) 5,810,043 4,478,960 1881 1895 8,435,676 6,110,325 1905 10,814,115 7,913,115 In the coastwise trade, in 1881, 38,953 vessels of 4,545,904 tons entered; in 1895, 43,704 vessels of 6,555,618 tons; but these figures include vessels trading within the Thames estuary (ports of London, Rochester, Colchester and
See also:Faversham), which later returns do not . Omitting such vessels, therefore, the number which entered in the coastwise trade in 1905 was 16,358 of 6,374,832 tons . Business.—The City has been indicated as the business centre of the metropolis . Besides the Royal
See also:Exchange, in the building of which are numerous offices, including " Lloyd's," the centre of the shipping business and marine insurance, there are many exchanges for special articles .
Among these are theCorn Exchange in Mark Lane, where the
See also:privilege of a
See also:fair was origin-ally granted by Edward I.; the Wool Exchange, Coleman Street; the
See also:Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street; the Shipping Exchange, Billiter Street; and the
See also:auction mart for landed property in Tokenhouse Yard . The
See also:Hop Exchange is across the river in Southwark . In Mincing Lane are the commercial sale-rooms . Besides the Bank of England there are many banking houses; and the name .of Lombard Street, commemorating the former money dealers of
See also:Lombardy, is especially associated with them . The majority of the banks are members of the Clear House,
See also:Post Office Court, where a daily exchange of drafts representing millions of pounds sterling is effected . The Royal Mint is on Tower Hill . The Stock Exchange is in Capel Court, and numbers of brokers have their offices in the vicinity of the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England . Manufactures and
See also:Retail Trade.—No part of London can be pointed out as essentially a manufacturing quarter, and there is a strong tendency for manufacturing firms to establish their factories outside the metropolis . There are, however, several large breweries, among which that of Messrs
See also:Barclay & Perkins, on the
See also:riverside in Southwark, may be mentioned ; engineering works are numerous in East London by the river, where there are also
See also:shipbuilding yards; the leather
See also:industry centres in Bermondsey, the extensive pottery works of Messrs
See also:Doulton are in Lambeth, there are chemical works on the Lea, and paper-mills on the Wandle . Certain
See also:industries (not confined to factories) have long been associated with particular localities . Thus,
See also:clock-makers and
See also:metal-workers are congregated in; Finsbury, especially Clerkenwell and in Islington; Hatton Garden, near Holborn Viaduct, is a centre for diamond merchants;
See also:cabinet-making is carried on in Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and the vicinity ; and large numbers in the East End are employed in the match industry .
See also:weaving is still carried on in the
See also:district of
See also:Spitalfields (see STEPNEY) .
West of the City certain streets are essentially connected, with certain trades . The old-established collection of second-hand
See also:book-shops in
See also:Holywell Street was only abolished by the widening of the Strand, and a large proportion then removed to Charing Cross Road . In the Strand, and more especially in Fleet Street and its offshoots, are found the offices of the majority of the most important daily
See also:newspapers and other
See also:journals .
See also:Carriage and motor-car warehouses congregate in Long Acre . In Tottenham Court Road are the showrooms of several large upholstering and furnishing firms . Of the streets most frequented on account of their fashionable shops Bond Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Sloane Street and High Street, Kensington, may be selected . In the East End and other poor quarters a large trade in second-hand clothing,
See also:flowers and vegetables, and many other commodities is carried on in the streets on movable stalls by costermongers and
See also:hawkers . Markets.—The City Corporation exercises a control over the majority of the London markets, which dates from the close of the 14th century, when dealers were placed under the gqq--ernance of the mayor and aldermen . The markets thus conk?olled are: Central Markets, Smithfield, for
See also:meat, poultry, provisions, fruit, vegetables, flowers and
See also:fish . These extend over a great area north of Newgate Street and east of Farringdon Road . Beneath them are extensive underground railway sidings . A market for horses and
See also:cattle existed here at least as early as the time of Henry II: Leadenhall Market, Leadenhall Street, City, for poultry and meat .
This market was in existence before 1411 when it came into thepossession of the City . Billingsgate Market, by the Thames immediately above the custom house, for fish . Formerly a point of anchorage for small vessels, it was made a free market in 1699 . Smithfield
See also:Hay Market . Metropolitan Cattle Market,
See also:Copenhagen Fields, Islington . Deptford Cattle Market (foreign cattle) . Spitalfields Market (fruit, vegetables and flowers) . Shadwell Market (fish) . Of other markets, the Whitechapel Hay Market and Borough Market, Southwark, are under the control of trustees; and Woolwich Market is under the council of that borough . Covent Garden, the great mart in the west of London for flowers, fruit and vegetables, is in the hands of private owners . It appears to have been used as a market early in the 17th century . Scenes of remarkable activity may be witnessed here and at Billingsgate in the early hours of the
See also:morning when the stock is brought in and the wholesale distributions are carried on .
Administration before 1888.—The middle of the 19th century found the whole local administration of London still of a medievalcharacter . Moreover, as
See also:complete reform had always been steadily resisted, homogeneity was entirely wanting . Outside the City itself a system of local government can hardly vestries. be said to have existed . Greater London (in the sense in which that name might then have been applied) was governed by the inhabitants of each
See also:parish in vestry assembled, save that in some instances parishes had elected select vestries under the provisions of the Vestries Act 1831 . In neither case had the vestry powers of town management . To meet the needs of particular localities, commissioners or trustees having such powers had been from time to time created by local acts . The resulting
See also:chaos was remarkable . In 1855 these local acts numbered 250, administered by not less than 300 bodies, and by a number of persons serving on them computed at 10,448 . These persons were either self-elected, or elected for life, or both, and therefore in no degree responsible to the ratepayers . There were two bodies having jurisdiction over the whole metropolis except the City, namely, the officers appointed under the Metropolitan Building Act of 1844, and the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers, appointed under the Commissioners of Sewers Act 1848 . Neither body was responsible to the ratepayers . To remedy this chaotic state of affairs, the Metropolis Management Act 1855 was passed .
Under that act a vestry elected by the ratepayers of the parish was established for each parish in the metropolis outside the City . The vestries so elected for the twenty-two larger parishes were constituted the local authorities . The fifty-six smaller parishes were grouped together in fifteen districts, each under a district board, the members of which were elected by the vestries of the constituent parishes . A central body, styled the Metropolitan Board of mam . Works, having jurisdiction over the whole metropolis politan (including the City) was also established, the members Boara of of which were elected by the Common Council of the works City, the vestries and district boards, and the previously established local board of Woolwich (q.v.) . Further the area of the metropolis for local government purposes was for the first time defined, being the same as that adopted in the Commissioners of Sewers Act, which had been taken from the area of the weekly bills of mortality . The Metropolitan Board of Works was also given certain powers of supervision over the vestries and district boards, and superseded the commissioners of sewers as authority for main drainage . By an act of the same session it became the central authority for the administration of the Building Acts, and subsequently had many additional powers and duties conferred upon it . The vestries and district boards became the authorities for local drainage, paving, lighting, repairing and maintaining streets, and for the removal of nuisances, &c . Acts of 1888 and 1899.—An objection to the Metropolitan Board of Works soon becamemanifest, inasmuch as the system of election was indirect . Moreover, some of its actions were open to such suspicion that a royal commission Gaon was appointed to inquire into certain matters connected couonnty Council . with the working of the board .
This commission issued an
See also:interim report in 1888 (the final report did not appear until 1891), which disclosed the inefficiency of the board in certain respects, and also indicated the existence of corruption . Reform followed immediately . Already in 1884 Sir
See also:Harcourt had attempted to constitute the metropolis a municipal borough under the government of a single council . But in 1888 the Local Government Act, dealing with the area of the metropolis as a separate county, created the London County Council as the central administrative body, possessing not only the powers of an ordinary county council, but also extensive powers of town management, transferred to it from the abolished Board of Works . Here, then, was the central body, under their direct control, which inhabitants of London had hitherto lacked . The question of subsidiary councils remained to be settled . The wealthier metropolitan parishes became discontented with the
See also:form of local government to which they remained subject, and in 1897 Kensington and Westminster petitioned to be created boroughs by the
See also:grant of charters under the Municipal Corporation Acts . These, however, were inapplicable to London, and it was realized 952 that the bringing of special legislation to bear on special cases (as the petition of these two boroughs would have demanded) would be inexpedient as making against homogeneity . metro- Instead, the London Government Act of 1899 was polhan boroughs. evolved . It brought into existence the twenty-eight Metropolitan boroughs enumerated at the outset of this article . The county of London may thus be regarded from the administrative standpoint as consisting of twenty-nine contiguous towns, counting the City of London . As regards the distribution of powers and duties between the County Council and the Borough Councils, and the constitution and working of each, the underlying principle may be briefly indicated as giving all powers and duties which require uniformity of
See also:action throughout the whole of London to the County Council, and powers and duties that can be locally administered to the Borough Councils .
See also:Summary of Administrative Bodies.—The administrative bodies of the County of London may now be summarized: 1 . London County Council.—Consists of 118 councillors, 2 elected by each
See also:parliamentary division (but the City of London elects 4) ; and 19 aldermen, with chairman, vice-chairman and
See also:deputy-chairman, elected in council . Triennial elections of councillors by house-holders (male and
See also:female) on the rate-books . Aldermen hold office for 6 years . 2 . Metropolitan Boroughs.—Councils consist of a mayor and aldermen and councillors in proportion as i to 6 . The commonest numbers, which cannot be exceeded, are to and 6o (see separate article on each borough) . Triennial elections . 3 . Corporation of the City of London.—The legislation of 1855, 1888 and 1899
See also:left the government of the small area of the City in the hands of an unreformed Corporation . Here at least the
See also:medieval system, in spite of any anomalies with respect to modern conditions, has resisted reform, and no other municipal body shares the traditions and
See also:peculiar dignity of the City Corporation . This consists of a Lord Mayor, 26 aldermen and 206 common councilmen, forming the Court of Common Council, which is the principal administrative body .
Its scope may be briefly indicated as including (a) duties exercised elsewhere by the Borough Councils, and by the London County Council (although that body is by no means powerless within the City boundaries) ; and (b) peculiar duties such as control of markets and police . The election of common councilmen, whose institution dates from the reign of Edward I., takes place annually, theelectors being the ratepayers, divided among the twenty-five wards of the City . An
See also:alderman (q.v.) of each
See also:ward (save that the wards of Cripplegate within and without, share one) is elected for life . The Lord Mayor (q.v.) is elected by the Court of Aldermen from two aldermen nominated in the Court of Common Hall by the
See also:Livery, an electorate
See also:drawn from the members of the ancient trade
See also:gilds or Livery Companies (q.v.), which, through their control over the several trades or manufactures, had formerly an influence over the government of the city which from the time of Edward III. was paramount . Non-administrative Arrangements.—The Local Government Act of 1888 dealt with the metropolis for non-administrative purposes as it did for administrative, that is to say, as a separate county . The arrangements of quarter-sessions, justices, coroners, sheriffs, &c., were thus brought into line with other counties, except in so far as the ordinary organization is modified by the existence of the central criminal court, the metropolitan police, police courts and magistrates, and a paid chairman of quarter-sessions . The powers of the governing body of the City, moreover, are as peculiar in this direction as in that of municipal administration, and the act left the City as a county of a city practically unchanged . Thus the Lord Mayor and aldermen possess judicial authority, and the police of London are divided into two separate bodies, the Metropolitan and the City Police (see POLICE) . The chief courts for the trial of criminal cases are the Central(GOVERNMENT Garden; Clerkenwell; Great Marlborough Street (Westminster); Greenwich and Woolwich; Lambeth; Marylebone; North London, Stoke Newington Road; Southwark; South Western,
See also:Lavender Hill (Battersea); Thames,
See also:Arbour Street East (Stepney); West Ham; West London, Vernon Street (Fulham); Westminster, Vincent Square; Worship Street (Shoreditch) . The police courts of the City are held at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor or an alderman sitting as
See also:magistrate, and at the Guildhall, where the aldermen preside in rotation . The prisons within the metropolis are
See also:Holloway, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubbs . In the county of London there are 12 coroners' districts, 19
See also:petty sessional divisions (the City forming a separate one) and 13 county court districts (the City forming a separate one) .
The boundaries of these divisions do not in any way correspond with each other, or with the police divisions, or with the borough or parish boundaries . The registration county of London coincides with the administrative county . Parliamentary
See also:Representation.—The London Government Act contains a saving clause by which " nothing in or done under this act shall be construed as altering the limits of any parliamentary borough or parliamentary county." The parliamentary boroughs are thus in many cases named and bounded differently from the metropolitan boroughs . The parliamentary arrangements of each metropolitan borough are indicated in the separate articles on the boroughs . In the following list the boroughs which extend outside the administrative county of London are noted . Each division of each borough, or each borough where not divided, returns one member, save that the City of London returns two members . (a) North of the Thames . (I) Bethnal Green—Divs.: North-eastern, South-western . (2) Chelsea (detached portion in administrative county of Middlesex, Kensal Town) . (3) Finsbury (detached portion in Middlesex, Muswell Hill)—Divs.: Holborn, Central, Eastern . (5) Fulham . (6) Hackney—Divs.: North, Central, South .
(7) Hammersmith . (8) Hampstead . (9) Islington—Divs.: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western . (to) Kensington—Divs.: Northern, Southern; (II) City of London . (12) Marylebone—Divs.: Eastern, Western . (13) Paddington (extending into Middlesex)—Divs.: Northern, Southern . (14) St George's Hanover Square . (15) St Pancras—Divs.: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western . (16) Shoreditch—Divs.: Hoxton, Haggerston . (17) Strand . (18) Tower Hamlets—Divs.:
See also:Bow and Bromley, Limehouse, Mile End, Poplar, St George, Stepney, Whitechapel . (19) Westminster .
A detached portion of the parliamentary division of Hornsey, Middlesex, is in the metropolitan borough of Hackney . London University returns a member . (b) South of the Thames . (1) Battersea and Clapham—Divs.: Battersea, Clapham . (2) Camberwell (extending into Kent)—Divs.: Northern, Peckham, Dulwich . (3) Deptford . (4) Greenwich . (5) Lambeth—Divs.: Northern, Kennington, Brixton,
See also:Norwood . (6) Lewisham . (7) Newington—Divs.: Western,
See also:Walworth . (8) Southwark—Divs.: Western, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey . (9) Wandsworth .
(to) Woolwich . Part of the Wimbledon parliamentary division of Surrey is in the metropolitan borough of Wandsworth . Ecclesiastical Divisions and Denominations.—London north of the Thames is within the Church of England bishopric of London, the
See also:bishop's palace being at Fulham . In this
See also:diocese, which covers nearly the whole of Middlesex and a very small portion of Hertfordshire, are the
See also:suffragan bishoprics of Islington, Kensington and Stepney . The bishopric of Southwark was created in 1904, having been previously a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of Rochester . The county contains 612 ecclesiastical parishes . Westminster is the seat of the
See also:Roman Catholic archbishopric in England, and Southwark is a bishopric . Among the numerous chapels of dissenting bodies there may be mentioned the City Temple, Congregational, on Holborn Viaduct; the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Baptist, in Southwark, the creation of which was the outcome of the labours of the famous preacher Charles
See also:Spurgeon (d . 1892); and
See also:Chapel, City Road, in the graveyard of which is the
See also:tomb of John Wesley; his house, which adjoins the chapel, being open as a memorial museum . In 1903 the Wesleyans acquired the site of the Royal
See also:Aquarium, near Westminster Abbey, for the erection of a central hall . The Great Synagogue of the Jews is in St James' Place, Aldgate . Criminal Court and the Court of Quarter-sessions .
The Central Courts . Criminal Court, taking the place of the provincial Assizes, was established by an act of 1834 . There are twelve sessions annually, under the Lord Mayor, aldermen and
See also:judges . They were formerly held in the " Old
See also:Bailey " sessions-house, but a fine new building from designs of E . W . Mountford took the place of this in 1906 . Quarter-sessions for the county of London are held thirty-six times annually, for the north side of the Thames at the Sessions-house in Clerkenwell (Finsbury) and for the south side at that in Newington
See also:Causeway, Southwark . For judicial purposes Westminster was merged with the county of London in 1889, and the Liberty of the Tower was abolished in 1894 . The separate court of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen is held at the Guildhall . The Metropolitan police courts are fourteen in number, namely—Bow Street, Covent The headquarters of the Salvation Army are in Queen Victoria Street, City . There are numerous foreign churches, among which may be mentioned the French
See also:Protestant churches in
See also:Monmouth Road, Bayswater and Soho Square; the Greek church of St
See also:Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater; and the German Evangelical church in
See also:Montpelier Place, Brompton Road, opened in 1904 . (O .
J . R . H.) In addition to the provisions that have been mentioned above (Section VII.), the London Government Act 1899 simplified ad-ministration in two respects . The duties of overseers in London had been performed by most diverse bodies . In some parishes overseers were appointed in the ordinary manner; in others the vestry, by local acts and by orders under the Local Government Act 1894, was appointed to act as, or empowered to appoint, overseers, whilst in Chelsea the guardians acted as overseers . The act of 1899 swept away all these distinctions, and constituted the new borough councils in every case the overseers for every parish within their respective boroughs, except that the town clerk of each borough performs the duties of overseers with respect to the registration of electors.' Again, with regard to rates, there were in all cases three different rates leviable in each parish—the poor rate, the general rate and the sewers rate—whilst in many parishes in addition there was a separate lighting rate . From the sewers rate and lighting rate, land, as opposed to buildings, was entitled to certain exemptions . Under the act of 1899 all these rates are consolidated into a single rate, called the general rate, which is assessed, made, collected and levied as the poor rate,.but the interests of persons previously entitled to exemptions are safeguarded . Further, every
See also:precept sent by an authority in London for the purpose of obtaining money (these authorities include the London County Council, the
See also:receiver of the Metropolitan Police, the Central Unemployed Body and the Boards of Guardians) which has ultimately to be raised out of a rate within a borough is sent direct to the council of the borough instead of filtering through other authorities before reaching the overseers . ' Over zoo local acts were repealed by schemes made under the act of 1899 . The only exceptions to this rule are: (I) precepts issued by the local government board for raising the sums to be contributed to the metropolitan common poor fund; and (2) precepts issued by poor law authorities representing two or more poor-law unions; in both these cases the precept has of necessity to be first sent to the guardians . The metropolitan borough councils make one general rate, which includes the amount necessary to meet their own expenditure, as well as to meet the demands of the various precepting authorities .
There was thus raised in the year 1906–1907 a sum of £15,393,956 (in 1898–1899 the amount was £10,401,441); of this £II,012,424 was for central rates, which was subdivided into 7930,275 for county services and £3,082,149 for local services, leaving a
See also:balance of £4,381,532, strictly local rates . The total local expenditure of London for the year 1906–1907 was £24,703,087 (in 1898–1899 it was only £14,768,757), the balance of £9,761,734 being made up by receipts-in-aid and imperial subventions . This expenditure was divided among the following bodies: London County Council . . . £9,491,271 Metropolitan Borough Councils 5,009,982 Boards of Guardians . 3,587,429 Metropolitan Water Board 2,318,618 Metropolitan Police . 1,903,441 City Corporation 1,270,406 Metropolitan Asylums Board . 934,463 Central (Unemployed) Body . 141,284 Overseers—City of London 34,757 Market Trustees ,(Southwark) . io,68o Local Government Board—Common Poor Fund 756 £24,703,0$7 The total expenditure was equal to a rate in the pound of I Is . 4.4d . ; the actual amount raised in rates was equivalent to a rate of 7s . I •od., receipts-in-aid were equivalent to a rate of 3s .
2.5d., and imperial subventions to a rate of Is . 3.4d . Practically the whole amount contributed towards the support of public local expenditure, and a considerable amount of that contributed to public national expenditure is based on the estimated annual value of the immovable property situated within the county of London, which in 1876 was £23,240,070; in 1886 £30,716,719; in 1896 £35,793,672; and in 1909 £44,666,651 . The produce of a
See also:penny rate was, in the Estimated Income . Balances Receipts in aid of expenditure (local
See also:taxation licences and
See also:beer and spirit duties, &c.) . 513,541 Government grants in aid of education 1,515,663 Interest on loans advanced to local authorities, &c . 586,065 Rents, &c . 427,767 Contributions from revenue-producing undertakings for interest and repayment of debt 685,948
See also:Miscellaneous 3,633 Rate contributions General, for other than education . 2,698,610 For education • 3,675,694 Special • 407,946 (I) Rate and Debt Accounts . £967,740 Estimated Expenditure . Debt (including management) Grants (mostly guardians)
See also:Pensions . Establishment charges Judicial expenses .
Services Main drainage . • . £295,650 Fire brigade . 263,575 Parks and open spaces . 140,715Bridges, tunnels,
See also:ferry 49,925 Embankments . 14,940 Pauper lunatics 78,87o Inebriates Acts 14,045 Coroners . 30,925 Weights and
See also:measures 14,830 Gas testing . . 13,785 Building Acts . . 25,595 Diseases of Animals Acts 19,260 Miscellaneous . 63,060 £3,905,135 645,913 75,665 232,045 52,515 Education . Steamboats . Works Dept .
Parliamentary expenses Miscellaneous . £1,025,175 .4,837,442 . 14,805 I2,100 5,889,522 22,675 6,214 Total expenditure Balances . . Estimated Income.10,829,684 652,923 Balances . . £4,055 Receipts £173443 Working class dwellings Tramways 2,089,955 Small Holdings and Allotments 410 Parks boating . 5,100 2,268,908 Transfers . . -16,214 £2,279,177 £11,482,607 Estimated Expenditure . Working expenses Working class dwellings . . £56,060 Tramways 1,318,620 Small Holdings and Allotments 621 Parks boating 2,965 £1,378,266 Renewals 163,828 Reserve 44,557 Interest on and repayment of debts 685,946Transfer in relief of rates (parks boating) 2,000 Balances 4,580 £2,279,177 £11,482,607 (2) Revenue Producing Undertakings . metropolitan police district in 1908–1909, £226,739, and in the county of London (excluding the City) £161,806 . A complete re-valuation of properties in the county of London is made every five years, valuation lists being prepared in duplicate by the borough councils acting as overseers of the parishes in their respective boroughs . They are revised by statutory assessment committees, who hear any objections by ratepayers against their valuation .
These lists when revised are sent to the clerk of the County Council, who publishes the totals . By the Metropolitan Poor Act 1867, the metropolitan common poor fund, to which each union in London contributes in proportion to its rateable value, was established . Out of this fund certain expenses of guardians in connexion with the maintenance of indoor paupers and lunatics, the salaries of officers, the maintenance of children in poor-law schools, valuation,
See also:vaccination, registration, &c., are paid . The payments amounted in 1906-1907 to £1,662,942 . Under the Local Government Act 1888, the London County Council makes grants to boards of guardians, sanitary authorities and overseers in London in respect of certain services . This grant is in lieu of the grants formerly made out of the
See also:exchequer grant in aid of local rates, and amounted in 1906–1907 to £619,489 . Finally, in 1894, the fund called the Equalization Fund was established . This fund is raised by the rate of 6d.in the pound on the assessable value of the county of London, and redistributed among the boroughs in proportion to their population . It amounted in 1906–1907 to £1,094,946 . But, in spite of attempts at equalization, rates remain very unequal in London, and varied in 1908 from 6s . 2d. in St Anne's, Westminster, to Iis . 6d. in Poplar .
The London County Council levied in 1909–1910 to meet its estimated expenditure for the year a total rate of 36•75d.; 14.50d. of this was for general county purposes, 19•75d. for education purposes and 2.5od. for special county purposes . The preceding tables show the estimated income and expenditure of the London County Council for 1909-1910 . Besides the annual expenditure of the various authorities large sums have been borrowed to defray the cost of works of a permanent nature . The debt of London, like that of other municipalities, has considerably increased and shows a tendency to go on increasing, although certain safeguards against too ready borrowing have been imposed . Every local authority has to obtain thesanction of some higher authority before raising a loan, and there are in addition certain statutory limits of borrowing . Metropolitan borough councils have to obtain the sanction of the Local Government Board to loans for baths, washhouses, public libraries, sanitary conveniences and certain other purposes under the Public Health Acts; for cemeteries the sanction of the Treasury is required, and for all other purposes that of the London County Council; poor law authorities, the metropolitan asylums hoard, the metropolitan water board and the central (unemployed) body require the sanction of the Local Government Board ; the receiver for the metropolitan police district that of the Home Office, and the London County Council that of parliament and the Treasury . The following table gives the
See also:net loans outstanding of the several classes of local authorities in London at the 31st of
See also:March 1908:same opinion in The Making of England (p. ior) . On the other side Kemble held that it was difficult to believe that Cair Lunden was an unimportant place even in Caesar's day (
See also:Saxons in England, ii . 266); and Thomas Lewin believed that London had attained prosperity before the Romans came; and held that it was probably the capital of Cassivellaunus, which was taken and sacked by
See also:Julius Caesar (Archaeologia, xl . 59) . The origin of London will probably always remain a subject of dispute for want of decisive facts . Local Authorities .
Loans outstanding 31St March 1908 . London County Council (excluding loans advanced to other authorities) £49,938,131 Metropolitan Asylums Board 3,113,612 Metropolitan Police (London's proportion) . 226,131 Metropolitan Water Board (proportion) 38,726,514 ~ Central (Unemployed) Body . 31,845 City of London Corporation . 5,553,173 Metropolitan Borough Councils . 12,551,204 Guardians and sick
See also:asylum managers . 4,029,013 £114,169,623 The strongest reason for believing in a British London is to be found in the name, which is undoubtedly
See also:Celtic, adopted with little alteration by the Romans . It is also difficult to believe that Londinium had come to be the important commercial centre described by Tacitus (A.D . 61) if it had only been founded a few years before the
See also:conquest of
See also:Claudius . The discovery by General Pitt Rivers in 1867 of the remains of
See also:pile dwellings both on the north and on the south of the Thames gives ground for an
See also:argument of some force in favour of the date of the foundation of London having been before the Roman occupation of Britain . Of Roman London we possess so many remains that its appearance can be conjectured with little difficulty . During the centuries when Britain was occupied by the Romans (A.n .
43–409) there was ample time for cities to grow up from small beginnings, to overflow their
See also:borders and to be more than once rebuilt . The earliest Roman London must have been a comparatively small place, but it probably contained a military fort of some kind intended to cover the passage of the river . The Roman general Paulinus Suetonius, after marching rapidly from Wales to put down a serious insurrection, found Londinium unfitted for a
See also:base of military operations, and therefore left the place to the mercy of
See also:Boadicea, t:xtentmanof Ro who entirely destroyed it, and killed the inhabitants . London . After this the need of fortifying Londinium must have been apparent, and a walled city of small dimensions arose soon after the defeat of the British queen . The earliest Roman city probably extended as far as Tower Hill on the east, and there is reason to believe that it did not include any ground to the west of Leadenhall . The excavations at the latter place in 1881 threw great light upon the early history of London . The foundation walls of a"
See also:basilica were discovered, and from the time when that was built until the present day the ground has always been devoted to public uses . How far north the first
See also:wall was placed it is difficult to guess . One help towards a settlement of the question may be found in the discovery of burial places . As it was illegal in Roman times to bury within the walls, we are forced to the conclusion that the places where these sepulchral remains have been found were at one time extramural . Now no such remains have been found between Gracechurch Street and the Tower .
The northern wall was placed by
See also:Smith somewhere along the course of Cornhill and Leadenhall Street . The second extension of the city westwards was probably to Wallbrook . In the latest or third Roman enclosure the line of the wall ran straight from the Tower to Aldgate, where it bent round somewhat to Bishopsgate . On the east it was bordered by the district subsequently called the Minories and Houndsditch . The line from Bishopsgate ran eastward to St
See also:Giles's churchyard (Cripplegate), where it turned to the south as far as Falcon square; again
See also:westerly by Aldersgate round the site of the Greyfriars (afterwards Christ's Hospital) towards Giltspur Street, then south by the Old Bailey to Ludgate, and then down to the Thames, where Dr Edwin Freshfield suggests that a Roman fortress stood on the site of Baynard's
See also:Castle . This is most probable, because the Romans naturally required a special protection on the river at the west as well as at the east . So in later times when William the Conqueror planned the Tower he gave the site at the western extremity to his follower
See also:Ralph Baynard, where was erected the stronghold known as Baynard's Castle . Roach Smith pointed out that the enclosure indicated above gives dimensions far greater than those of any other town in Britain . There can be no doubt that within the AuTSORITiES.—Full details and figures relating to the
See also:finance of London will be found in the parliamentary papers Local Taxation Returns (England and Wales), part iv. published annually; Returns relating to the London County Council, published annually; the annual report and accounts of the Metropolitan Water Board, and the metropolitan police accounts . The publications of the London County Council, especially the tramways accounts, the annual estimates, London Statistics, and the Financial Abstract (10 years ended 51st March 1908) have much valuable information . (T . A .
I.) IX . HISTORY 1 . British and Roman to A.D . 499.—There is practically no record of British London, and considerable difference of opinion exists among antiquaries as to its very existence . Bishop
See also:Stillingfleet held that London was of Roman foundation and not older than the time of Claudius (Origines Brit., 1685, p . 43); and Dr
See also:Guest affirmed that the notion of a British town having preceded the Roman
See also:camp has no foundation to rest upon " (Archaeological Journal,
See also:xxiii . 18o) . J . R . Green expressed the walls there was originally much unoccupied space, for with the single exception of the larger circuit south of Ludgate, up to where the river Fleet ran, made in 1276 for the benefit of the Black Friars, the line of the walls, planned by the later Romans, remained complete until the Great Fire (1666) . The Thames formed the natural barrier on the south, but the Romans do not appear to have been content with this protection, for they built a wall here in addition, which remained for several centuries . 'Portions of this wall have been discovered at various times .
It is difficult even to guess when the third wall was erected . Theemperor
See also:Theodosius came to London from
See also:Boulogne to mature his plan for the restoration of the tranquillity of the province . As Theodosius is said to have left Britain in a sound and secure condition it has been suggested that to him was due the wall of the later Londinium, but there is little or no evidence for this opinion, and according to an old tradition
See also:Constantine the Great walled the city at the
See also:request of his
See also:mother Helena, presumed to be a native of Britain . There is, however, some evidence in favour of the supposition that the wall was built at a much earlier date . It is not improbable that early in the 2nd century the wall was finished at the west portion and enclosed a cemetery near Newgate . Sir William
See also:Tite, in describing a
See also:tessellated pavement found in 1854 on the site of the
See also:Excise Office (Bishopsgate Street), expresses the opinion that the finished character of the pavement points to a
See also:period of security and
See also:wealth, and fixes on the reign of
See also:Hadrian (A.D . 117-138), to which the
See also:coin found on the
See also:floor belongs, as the date of its foundation . The historians of the Roman Empire have left us some particulars of the visits of emperors and generals to Britain, but little or nothing about what happened in London, and we should be more ignorant than we are of the condition of Londinium if it had not been that a large number of excavations have been made in various parts of the city which have disclosed a considerable amount of its early history . From these remains we may guess that London was a handsome city in the reign of Hadrian, and probably then in as great a position of importance as it ever attained . This being so, there seems to be reason in attributing the completed walls to this period . The persistence of the
See also:relics of the walls of London is one of the most remarkable facts of history . Pieces of the wall are to be seen in various parts of the city, and are Remains frequently found when extensive excavations are of Roman wall. made for new buildings .
In some places where the Roman wall is not to be seen there still exist pieces of the old wall that stand upon Roman foundations . In
See also:Amen Court, where the residences of canons of St Paul's and the later houses of the minor canons are situated, there stretches such a piece of wall, dividing the gardens of the Court from the Old Bailey . Of the few accessible fragments of the Roman wall still existing special mention may be made of the bastion in the churchyard of St Giles's, Cripplegate; a little farther west is a small fragment in St
See also:Martin's Court, Ludgate Hill (opposite the Old Bailey), but the best specimen can he seen near Tower Hill just out of George Street, Trinity Square . Early in the loth century a fragment nearly 40 ft. long, together with the base of a bastion, was brought to light in digging for the foundation of some large warehouses in Camomile Street, at a depth of to ft. below the level of the present street . A considerable portion of the old wall was laid
See also:bare by the excavations for the new Post Office in St Martin's-le-Grand . From acomparison of these fragments with the descriptions of Woodward,
See also:Maitland and others, who in the early part of the 18th century examined portions of the wall still standing, we learn that the wall was from 9 to 12 ft. thick, and formed of a core of rough
See also:rubble cemented together with
See also:mortar (containing much coarse
See also:gravel) of extraordinary hardness and tenacity, and a facing for the most part of stone—Kentish rag, freestone or ironstone—but occasionally of flints; about 2 ft. apart are
See also:double layers of tiles or bricks which serve as bonding courses . The wall appears to have been about 20 ft. high, the towers from 40 to 50 ft., but when described only the base was Roman . Uponthat was raised a wall of rough rubble rudely faced with stone and
See also:flint, evidently a medieval work and about 22 ft. thick; then succeeded a portion wholly of
See also:brick, terminating in battlements topped with copings of stone . Although the course of the later Roman walls is clear, we do not know with any certainty the position of the Roman
See also:gates . They were not the same as the medieval gates which have left the record of their names in modern London nomenclature . It follows, therefore, that the main
See also:halo buildings. gs . streets also are not in line with the Roman ways, .
except perhaps in a few instances . Many ineffectual attempts have been made to connect the Watling street in the city with the great Roman road so named in medieval times . The name of the small street is evidently a corruption, and in the valuable Report of the
See also:MSS. of the Dean and
See also:Chapter of St Paul's (Ninth Report of the
See also:Historical MSS . Commission, Appendix, p . 4) the original name is given as Atheling Street," and instances of this spelling are common in the 13th century . The form Watling Street seems to occur first in 1307 .
See also:Stow spells it Watheling Street (
See also:Kingsford's edition of Stow's Survey, 19o8, vol. ii. p . 352) . Sir William Tite gave reasons for believing that Bishopsgate Street was not a Roman thoroughfare, and in the excavations at Leadenhall the basilica to which allusion has already been made was found apparently
See also:crossing the present thoroughfare of Gracechurch Street . Tite also agreed with Dr
See also:suggestion that on the site of the Mansion House (formerly
See also:Stocks Market) stood the Roman forum, and he states that a line drawn from that spot as a centre would pass by the pavements found on the site of the Excise Office . Besides the forum Stukeley suggested the sites of seven other buildings—the Arx Palatina guarding the south-eastern
See also:angle of the city where the Tower now stands, the
See also:grove and temple of
See also:Diana on the site of St Paul's, &c . No traces of any of these buildings have been found, and they are therefore purely conjectural .
Stukeley's industrious researches into the history of Roman London cannot be said to have any particular value, although at one time they enjoyed considerablevogue . As to the Temple of Diana, Sir Christopher Wren formed an opinion strongly adverse to the old tradition of its existence (Parentalia, p . 266) . Although we know that the Christian church was established in Britain during the later period of the Roman domination, there is Iittle to be learnt respecting it, and the bishop Restitutus, who is said to have attended an Ecclesiastical Council, is a somewhat mythical character . In respect to the discovery of the position of the Roman gates, the true date of the Antonini Itinerarium (q.v.) is of great importance, as it will be seen from it that Londinium was either a starting-point or a
See also:terminus in nearly half the routes described in the portion relating to Britain . This would be remarkable if the work dated back to the 2nd century . Probably in the later, as in the earlier time, Londinium had the usual four gates of a Roman city, with the main roads to them . The one on the east was doubtless situated near where Aldgate afterwards stood . On the south the entrance to Londinium must always have been near where London Bridge was subsequently built . On the west the
See also:gate could not have been far from the place afterwards occupied by Newgate . As to Ludgate there is reason to believe that if there was an opening there in Roman times it was merely a
See also:postern . On the north the gate may have been near Bishopsgate or at Aldersgate .
If we take from the Itinerary the last station before Londinium in all the routes we shall be able to obtain someidea of the position of the gate entered from each route by
See also:drawing a line on the map of London to the nearest point .
See also:Marcellinus (about A.D . 390) speaks twice of Londinium as an ancient town to which the honourable title of
See also:Augusta had been accorded . Some writers have been under the misapprehension that this name for a time superseded that of Londinium . The
See also:anonymous Chorographer of Ravenna calls the place Londinium Augusta, and doubtless this was the form adopted . The most interesting Roman relic is " London Stone." It has generally been supposed to be a " milliarium " or central point for measuring distances, but Sir Christopher Wren believed it was part of some more considerable monuments in the forum (Parentalia, pp . 265, 266) . Holinshed (who was followed by
See also:Shakespeare in 2 Henry VI., act 4 Sc . 6) tells us that London when
See also:Cade, in 1450, forced his way into London, he first Stone . of all proceeded to London Stone, and having struck his sword upon it, said in reference to himself and in explanation of his own action, " Now is Mortimer lord of this city." Mr H . C .
See also:Coote, in a paper published in the Trans .
London and Middlesex Arch .
See also:Soc. for 1878, points out that this act meant something to the
See also:mob who followed the
See also:rebel chief, and was not a piece of foolish acting . Mr Laurence Gomme (
See also:Primitive Folk-Moots, pp . 155, 156) takes up the matter at this point, and places the tradition implied by Cade's significant action as belonging to times when the London Stone was, as other great stones were, the place where the suitors of an open-air
See also:assembly were accustomed to gather together and to legislate for the government of the city . Corroborative facts have been gathered from other parts of the country, and, although more evidence is required, such as we have is strongly in favour of the supposition that the London Stone is a prehistoric
See also:monument . One of the most important questions in the history of London that requires settlement is the date of the building of the first bridge, that is whether it was constructed by Britons The prat or by Romans . If the Britons had not already made Bridge . . London adag the bridge before the Romans arrived it must have been one of the first Roman works . As long as there was no bridge to join the north and south banks of the Thames the great
See also:object of Roman rule remained unfulfilled . This object was the completion of a system of roads connecting all parts of the Empire with Rome . Dio Cassius, who lived in the early part of the 3rd century (Hist . Rom.
See also:lib. lx. c .
20), states that there was a bridge over the Thames at the time of the invasion of Claudius (A.D . 43), but he places it a little above the mouth of the river (" higher up ") . The position is vague, but the mouth of the Thames in these early times may be considered as not far from the present position of London Bridge . Sir George
See also:Airy held that this bridge was not far from the site of London Bridge (Proceedings of Institut .
See also:Engineers, xlix . 120), but Dr Guest was not prepared to allow that the Britons were able to construct a bridge over a tidal river such as the Thames, some 300 yds. wide, with a difference of level at high and low water of nearly 20 ft . He therefore suggested that the bridge was constructed over the marshy valley of the Lea, probably near Stratford . It needs some temerity to differ from so great an authority as Dr Guest, but it strikes one as surprising that, having accepted the fact of a bridge made by the Britons, he should deny that these Britons possessed a town or
See also:village in the place to which he supposes that Aulus Plautius retired . As the Welsh word for " bridge " is " pont," and this was taken directly from the Latin, the inference is almost conclusive that the Britons acquired their knowledge of bridges from the Romans . Looking at the stage of culture which the Britons had probably reached, it would further be a natural inference that there was no such thing as a bridge anywhere in Britain before the Roman occupation; but, if
See also:Dion's statement is correct, it may be suggested as a possible explanation that the increased intercourse with Gaul during the
See also:hundred years that elapsed between Julius Caesar's raids and Claudius Caesar's invasion may have led to the construction of a bridge of some kind across the Thames at this point, through the influence and under the guidance of Roman traders and engineers . If so, the word " pont " may have been borrowed by the Britons before the commencement of the Roman occupation . Much stronger are the reasons for believing that there was a bridge in Roman times .
Remains of Roman villas are found in Southwark, which was evidently a portion of Londinium, and it therefore hardly seems likely that a bridge-building people such as the Romans would remain contented with a ferry . Roach Smith is a strong
See also:advocate for the bridge, and remarks, " It would naturally be erected somewhere in the direct line of road into Kent, which I cannot but think pointed towards the site of Old London Bridge, both from itscentral situation, from the general
See also:absence of the foundations of buildings in the approaches on the northern side, and from discoveries recently made in the Thames on the line of the old bridge " (Archaeologia,
See also:xxix . 16o) . Smith has, however, still stronger arguments, which he states as follows: " Throughout the entire line of the old bridge, the
See also:bed of the river was found to contain ancient wooden piles; and when these piles, subsequently to the erection of the new bridge, were pulled up to deepen the channel of the river, many thousands of Roman coins, with abundance of broken Roman tiles and pottery, were discovered, and immediately beneath some of the central piles brass medallions of Aurelius,
See also:Faustina and Commodus . All these remains are indicative of a bridge . The enormous quantities of Roman coins may be accounted for by
See also:consideration of the well-known practice of the Romans to make these imperishable monuments subservient towards perpetuating the memory, not only of their conquests, but also of those public works which were the natural result of their successes in remote parts of the world . They may have been deposited either upon the building or repairs of the bridge, as well as upon the accession of a new emperor " (Archaeological Journal, i . 113) . At the beginning of the 5th century the Roman legions left Britain, and the Saxon
See also:Chronicle gives the exact date, stating that never since A.U . 409 " have the Romans ruled in Britain "—the chronicler setting down the Roman sway at 470 winters and dating from Julius Caesar's invasion . We learn that in the year 418 " the Romans collected all the treasures that were in Britain, and hid some of them in the
See also:earth, that no man might afterwards find them, and conveyed some with them into Gaul." 2 . Saxon (449-1o66).—We are informed in the Saxon Chronicle that about A.D .
449 or 450 the invaders settled in Britain, and in 457 Hengist and Aesc fought against the Britons at Crayford,
See also:driving them out of Kent . The vanquished fled to London in terror and apparently found a shelter there . After this entry there is no further mention of London in the Chronicle for a century and a half . This silence has been taken by some historians of
See also:weight to imply that London practically ceased to exist . Dr Guest asserted " that good reason may be given for the belief that even London itself for a while lay desolate and uninhabited " (Archaeological Journal, xix . 219) . J . R . Green and Mr Loftie strongly supported this view, and in Sir Walter
See also:Besant's Early London (1908) the idea of the desolation of the city is taken for granted . In answer to this contention it may be said that, although the silence of the Chronicle is difficult to understand, it is almost impossible to believe that the very existence of the most important city in the country could suddenly cease and the in-habitants disappear without some special
See also:notice . Battles and scenes of destruction are so fully described in other instances that one must believe that when nothing is related nothing special occurred . No doubt the coming of the Saxons, which entirely changed the condition of the country, must have greatly injured trade, but although there was not the same freedom of
See also:access to the roads, the Londoners had the
See also:highway of the river at their doors .
Although the Saxons hated towns and refused tosettle in London, they may have allowed the original in-habitants to continue their trade on condition that they received some share of the profits or a tribute . The only question really is whether London being an exceptional city received exceptional treatment . Along the banks of the Thames are several small havens whose names have remained to us, such as Rotherhithe, Lambhith (Lambeth), Chelchith (Chelsea), &c., and it is not unlikely that the Saxons, who would not settle in the city itself, associated themselves with these small open spots . Places were thus founded over a large space which otherwise might have remained unsettled . If what is here suggested really occurred it may be that this separation of London from the surrounding country originated the remarkable position of London with its unparalleled privileges, which were continued for many centuries and kept it not Saxon Settlement . only the
See also:leader among cities but distinct from all others . Laurence Gomme, in The Governance of London (1907), opposes the view that the city was for a time left deserted (a view which, it may be remarked, is a comparatively modern one, probably originating with Dr Guest) . H . C . Coote in his Romans of Britain elaborated a description of the survival of Roman influence in English institutions, but his views did not obtain much support from London historians . Mr Gomme's contention is to some extent a modification of Mr Coote's view, but it is original in the illustrations that give it force . Londinium was a Roman city, and (as in the case of all such cities) was formed on the model of ancient Rome .
It may therefore be expected to retain evidence of the existence of a Pomoerium and Territorium as at Rome . The Pomoerium marked the unbuilt space around the walls . Gomme refers to an open space outside the western wall ofDorchester still called the Pummery as an indication of the Pomoerium in that place; and he considers that the name of Mile End, situated 1 m. from Aldgate and the city walls, marks the extent of the open space around the walls of London known as the Pomoerium . This fact throws a curious light upon the growth of the " Liberties . " It has always been a
See also:puzzle that no note exists of the first institution of these liberties . If this open space was from the earliest times attached to the city there would be no need when it was built upon for any special act to be passed for its inclusion in London . " The Territorium of the city was its special property, and it extended as far as the limits of the territorium of the nearest Roman city or as near thereto as the natural boundaries." This explains the position of Middlesex in relation to London . In connexion with these two features of a Roman city supposed to be found in Ancient London the author argues for the continuity of the city through the changes of Roman and Saxon dominion . One of the most striking illustrations of the probable continuity of London history is to be found in the contrast between York and London . This is only alluded to in Gomme's book, but it is elaborated in an article in the Cornhill
See also:Magazine (
See also:November 1906) . These two were the chief Roman cities in Britain, one in the north and the other in the south . They are both equally good examples of important cities under Roman domination .
York was conquered and occupied by the Saxons, and there not only are the results of English settlement clear but all records of Roman government were destroyed . In London the Saxon stood outside the government for centuries, and theacceptance of the Roman survival explains muc]1 that is otherwise unintelligible . Gomme finds important evidence of the independence of London in the existence of a merchant law which was opposed to Anglo-Saxon law . He reprints and discusses the celebrated Judicia Civitatis Lundoniae of King 'Ethelstan's reign—" the ordinance " (as it declares itself) " which the bishop and the
See also:reeves belonging to London have ordained." He holds that the Londoners passed " their own laws by their own citizens without reference to the king at all," and in the present case of a king who according to Kemble " had carried the influence of the crown to an extent unexampled in any of his predecessors." He adds: " What happened afterwards was evidently this: that the
See also:code passed by the Londoners was sent to the king for him to extend its application throughout the kingdom, and this is done by the
See also:eleventh section." The view originated by Gomme certainly explains many difficulties in the history of the transition from Roman to English London, which have hitherto been overlooked by historians . When the city is next referred to in the Saxon Chronicle it appears to have been inhabited by a population of heathens . Under the date 604 we read: " This year Augustine arrival _ consecrated two bishops:
See also:Mellitus and Justus . He eyanity 8 sent Mellitus to preach
See also:baptism to the East Saxons, whose king was called Sebert, son of Ricole the
See also:sister of lEthelbert, and whom lEthelbert had then appointed king . And lEthelbert gave Mellitus a bishop's see in Lundenevic and to Justus he gave Rochester, which is twenty-four
See also:miles from Canterbury . " The
See also:Christianity of the Londoners was of an unsatisfactory character, for, after the death of Sebert, his sons who were heathens stirred up the multitude to drive out their bishop . Mellitus became archbishop of Canterbury, and London relapsed into heathenism . In this, the earliest period of Saxon history recorded, there appears to be no relic of the Christianity of the Britons, which at one time was well in evidence . What became of the
See also:cathedral which we may suppose to have existed in London during the later Roman period we cannot tell, but we may guess that it was destroyed by the
See also:heathen Saxons .
Bede records that the church of St Paul was built by lEthelbert, and from that time to this a cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood upon the hill looking down on Ludgate . After the driving out of Mellitus London remained without a bishop until the year 656, when Cedda,
See also:brother of St Chad of
See also:Lichfield, was invited to London by
See also:Sigebert, who had been converted to Christianity by Finan, bishop of the Northumbrians . Cedda was consecrated bishop of the East Saxons by Finan and held the see till his death on the 26th of
See also:October 664 . He was succeeded by Wini, bishop of Winchester, and then came Earconuald (or St Erkenwald), whose
See also:shrine was one of the chief glories of old St Paul's . He died on the 3oth of
See also:April 693, a day which was kept in memory in his cathedral for centuries by special offices . The list of bishops from Cedda to William (who is addressed in the Conqueror's Charter) is long, and each bishop apparently held a position of great importance in the government of the city . In the 7th century the city seems to have settled down into a prosperous place and to have been peopled by merchants of many nationalities . We learn that at this time it was Danlsh the great mart of slaves . It was in the fullest sense a Invasions. free-trading town; neutral to a certain extent between the kingdoms around, although the most powerful of the
See also:kings conquered their feebler neighbours . During the 8th century, when a more settled condition of life became possible, the trade and commerce of London increased in
See also:volume and prosperity . A
See also:change, however, came about towards the end of the century, when the Scandinavian freebooters known as Danes began to harry the coasts . The Saxons had become Iaw-abiding, and the fierce Danes treated them in the same way as in former days they had treated the Britons .
In 871 the chronicler affirms that
See also:Alfred fought nine great battles against the Danes in the kingdom south of the Thames, and that the West Saxons made peace with them . In the next year the Danes went from Reading to London, and there took up their winter quarters . Then the Mercians made peace with them . In 886 Alfred overcame the Danes, restored London to its inhabitants, rebuilt its walls, reannexed the city to
See also:Mercia, and committed it to
See also:Ethelred, alderman of Mercia . Then, as the chronicler writes, " all the Angle
See also:race turned to him (Alfred) that were not in bondage of the Danish men." . In 896 the Londoners came off victorious in their en-counters with the Danes . The king obstructed the river so that the enemy could not bring up their ships, and they therefore abandoned them . The Londoners broke up some, and brought the strongest and best to London . In 912 !Ethelred, the alderman of the Mercians, who had been placed in authority by Alfred, died, and Edward the Elder took possession of London and Oxford, " and all the lands which thereto belonged." Under lEthelstan we find the city increasing in importance and general prosperity . There were then eight mints at work, a fact which exhibits evidence of great activity and the need of coin for the purposes of trade . The folk-
See also:moot met in the precincts of St Paul's at the sound of the
See also:bell of the famous bell-tower, which also rang out when the armed
See also:levy was required to march under St Paul's banner . For some years after the decisive
See also:battle of Brunanburh (A.D .
937) the Danes ceased to trouble the country . Fire, however, was almost as great an enemy to London as the Dane .
See also:Fabyan when recording the entire destruction of London by fire in the reign of !Ethelred (g81) makes this remarkable statement—" Ye shall understand that this daye the cytie of Landon had more housynge and buyldinge Origin of the Liberties . Independence of London . from Ludgate toward Westmynstre and lytel or none wher the chief or
See also:hart of the citie is now, except (that) in dyvers places were housyng, but they stod without order." In the reign of "Ethelred II., called the Unready (but more correctly the Redeless), the Danes were more successful in their operations against London, but the inhabitants resisted stoutly . Snorre the Icelander tells us that the Danes fortified Southwark with ditch and rampart, which the English assailed in vain . In 982 London was burnt, and in 994 Olaf and Sweyn (the
See also:father of Canute) came with ninety-four ships to besiege it . They tried to set the city on fire, but the townsmen did them more harm than they " ever weened." The chronicler piously adds that " the holy Mother of God on that day manifested her mercy to the townsmen, and delivered them from their foes." The Danes went from the town and ravaged the neighbourhood, so that in the end the king and his
See also:witan agreed to give sixteen thousand pounds to be relieved of the presence of the enemy . This was the origin of the Danegelt . In the year 10og the Danes frequently attacked London, but they had no success, and fared
See also:ill in their .attempts . The Londoners withstood Sweyn in 1013, but in the end they submitted and gave him hostages . Three years after this, 'Ethelred died in London, and such of the witan as were there and the townsmen
See also:chose Edmund Ironside for king, although the witan outside London had elected Canute .
Canute's ships were then at Greenwich on their way to London, where they soon afterwards arrived . The Danes at once set to work to dig a great ditch by Southwark, and then dragged their ships through to the west side of the bridge . They were able after this to keep the inhabitants from going either in or out of the town . In spite of all this, after fighting obstinately both by land and by water, the Danes had to raise the
See also:siege of London and take the ships to the river Orwell . After a glorious reign of seven months Edmund died in London, and Canute became
See also:master of England . The tribute which the townsmen of London had to pay was £10,500, about one-seventh of the amount which was paid by all the rest of the English nation . This shows the growing importance of the city . From this time there appears to have been a permanent Danish settlement in London, probably Aldwich, referred to below . There is little more to be said of the history of Saxon London than that Edward the
See also:Confessor held his Witanagemot there . On his death the Witan which had attended his funeral elected to succeed him Harold, the foremost man in England, and the leader who had attempted to check the spread of the Norman influence fostered by the Confessor . After his defeat and death on the hill on the Sussex
See also:Downs then called Senlac, the duke of
See also:Normandy had the country at his mercy, but he recognized the importance of London's position, and moved forward with the greatest caution and tact . Before proceeding with the history of London during the Norman period it is necessary to say something of the counties more especially connected with London .
The walled city of London was a distinct
See also:political unit, although it owed a certain
See also:allegiance to that one of the kingdoms around it which was the most powerful for the time being . The This allegiance therefore frequently changed, butremember that London is older than these counties, whose names, Middlesex and Surrey, indicate their relative positions to the city acid the surrounding county . We have neither record of their settlement nor of the origin of their names . Both must have been peopled from the river . The name Middle Saxons plainly shows that Middlesex must have been settled after the East and West Saxons had given their names to their respective districts . The name Surrey clearly refers to the southern position of the county . Reference has already been made to a Danish settlement, and there seems some reason for placing it on the ground now occupied by the parishes of St Clement Danes and St Giles's . For many centuries this district between Aldwich . London and Westminster was a kind of " no man's land " having certain archaic customs . Gomme in his Governance of London (1907) gives an account of the connexion of this with the old village of Aldwich, a name that survived in Wych Street, and has been revived by the London County Council in Aldwych, the
See also:crescent which leads to Kingsway . 3 . Norman (1o66—1154).—To return to the condition of things after the great battle .
The citizens of London were a divided body, and Duke William knowing that he had many Thefriends in the city saw that a waiting game was the conquest. best for his cause in the end . The defeated chiefs retired on the city, led by Ansgar the Staller, under whom as
See also:sheriff the citizens of London had marched to. fight for Harold at Senlac . They elected Edgar Atheling, the
See also:grandson of Edmund Ironside, as king, which the Saxon Chronicle says " was indeed his natural right." On
See also:hearing of this action William marched towards London, when the citizens sallied forth to meet him . They were repulsed by the Norman horse, but with such loss to the latter that the duke thought it imprudent to lay siege to the city at that time, and he retired to
See also:Berkhampstead.l It is reported that William sent a private
See also:message to Ansgar asking for his support . The result was that Edgar and Earls Edwin and Morkere and " the best men of London " repaired to Berkhampstead, where they submitted themselves and swore fealty to the Conqueror . Thus ends the Saxon period, and the Norman period in London begins with the submission of the citizens as distinct from the action of the rest of the kingdom, which submission resulted soox afterwards in the Conqueror's remarkable ;htah g charter to William the bishop and Gosfrith the port- City. reeve, supposed to be the elder Geoffrey de Mandeville . A great change was at once made both in the appearance and in the government of the city under Norman rule: One of the earliest acts of the Conqueror was to undertake the erection of a citadel which should overawe the citizens and give him the command of the city . The Tower was situated at the eastern limit of the city, and not far from the western extremity Castle Baynard was built . The position of the city
See also:grew in importance, but the citizens suffered from severe laws and from serious restrictions upon their liberties . In August 1077 occurred a most extensive fire, such a one, says the Chronicle, as " never was before since London was founded." This constant burning of large portions of the city is a marked feature of its early history, and we must remember that, although stone buildings were rising on all sides, these were churches, monasteries, and other public edifices; the ordinary houses remained as before, small wooden structures . The
See also:White Tower, the famous keep of the Tower of London, was begun by Gundulph, bishop of Rochester, c . 1078 .
In 1083 the old cathedral of St Paul's was begun on the site of the church which'Ethelbert is said to have founded in 61o . But four years afterwards the chronicler tells us " the holy monastery of St Paul, the episcopal see of London, was burnt, and many other monasteries, and the greatest and fairest part of the whole 1 A valuable article on " The Conqueror's Footprints in Domes-day" was published in the English HistoricalReview in 1898 (vol. xiii. p . 17) . This article contains an account of Duke William's movements after the battle of Senlac between
See also:Edmonton, Tottenham and Berkhampstead . "
See also:Mime Counties." London retained its identity and individuality all through . Essex seems seldom to have held an independent position, for when London first appears as connected with the East Saxons the real power was in the hands of the king of Kent . According to Bede, Wini, being expelled from his bishopric of Wessex in 635, took
See also:refuge with
See also:Wulfhere, king of the Mercians, of whom he purchased the see of London . Hence the Mercian king must then have been the overlord of London . Not many years afterwards the king of Kent again seems to have held some jurisdiction here . From the laws of the Kentish kings Lhothhere and Eadric (673—685) we learn that the Wic-reeve was an officer of the king of Kent, who exercised a jurisdiction over the Kentish men trading with or at London, or was appointed to
See also:watch over their interests . The origin of the two counties in which London is chiefly situated opens up an interesting question . It is necessary to city." In this same year (1087) William the Conqueror died .
In 1090 a tremendous
See also:hurricane passed over London, and blew down six hundred houses and many churches . The Tower was injured, and a portion of the roof of the church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, was carried off and fell some distance away, being forced into the ground as much as 20 ft., a
See also:proof of the badness of the thoroughfares as well as of the force of the
See also:wind . William Rufus inherited from his father a love for building, and in the year 1097 he exacted large sums of money from his subjects with the object of carrying on some of the undertakings he had in hand . These were the walling round of the Tower and the rebuilding of London Bridge, which had been almost destroyed by a
See also:flood . In 'too Rufus was slain, and Henry I. was crowned in London . This king granted the citizens their first real charter, but this was constantly violated . When
See also:Stephen seized the crown on the death of Henry I., he tried successfully to obtain the support of the people of London . He published a charter confirming in general terms the one granted by Henry, and commanding that the good laws of Edward the Confessor should be observed . The citizens, how-ever, did not obtain their rights without paying for them, and in 1139 they paid Stephen one hundred marks of silver to enable them to choose their own sheriffs . In this reign the all-powerfulness of the Londoners is brought prominently forward . Stephen became by the shifting
See also:fortune of war a prisoner, and the empress Matilda might, if she had had the wisdom to favour the citizens, have held the
See also:throne, which was hers by right of
See also:birth . She, however, made them her enemies by delivering up the office of
See also:justiciary of London and the sheriffwick to her
See also:partisan Geoffrey, earl of Essex, and attempting to reduce the citizens to the enslaved condition of the rest of the country .
This made her influential enemies, who soon afterwards replaced Stephen upon the throne . The Norman era closes with the death of Stephen in 1154 . One of the most striking changes in the appearance of Norman London was caused by the rebuilding of old churches and the Earty building of new ones, and also by the foundation of parishes. the great monastic establishments . The early history of the parishes of London is one of great difficulty and complexity . Although some of the parishes must be of great antiquity, we have littleauthentic information respecting them before the Conquest . The dedications of many of the churches indicate their great age, but the constant fires in London destroyed these buildings . The original churches appear to have been very small, as may be judged from their number . It is not easy, however, to understand how it was that when the first parishes were formed so small an area was attached to each . The parish church of which we have the most authentic notice before the Conquest is St
See also:Helen's, Bishopsgate . It was in existence many years before the priory of the nuns of St Helen's was founded . Bishop Stubbs in his Introduction to the Historical Works of Ralph de
See also:Diceto writes: " St Paul's stood at the head of the religious life of London, and by its side, at some considerable
See also:interval, however, St Martin's le Grand (ro56), St Bartholomew's, Smithfield (1123) and the great and ancient foundation of Trinity, Aldgate " (1108) . The great
See also:Benedictine monastery of Black Monks was situated away from Religious the city at Westminster, and it was the only monastic sounds- house subject to the rule of St Benedict in the neigh- ttons .
bourhood of London, although the houses of nuns, of which there were many dotted over the suburbs of London, were governed by this rule . In course of time there was a wide-spread
See also:desire in
See also:Europe for a stricter rule among the monks, and reforms of the Benedictine rule were instituted at Cluni (91o), Chartreuse (about ro8o) and Citeaux (1098) . All these reforms were represented in London . Cluniac Order.--This order was first brought to England by William, earl of
See also:Warren (son-in-law of William the Conqueror), who built the first house at Lewes in Sussex about 1077 . The priory of Bermondsey in Surrey was founded by Aylwin
See also:citizen of London about 1o82 .
See also:Carthusians.—When this order was brought to England in 1178 the first house was founded at
See also:Witham in
See also:Somersetshire . In all therewere nine houses of the order in England . One of these was the Charterhouse of London which was not founded until 1371 by Sir Walter Manny, K.G .
See also:Cistercians.—It was usual to plant these monasteries in solitary and uncultivated places, and no other house, even of their own order, was allowed to build within a certain distance of the original establishment . This makes it surprising to learn that there were two separate houses of this order in the near neighbourhood of London . A branch of the order came to England about 1128 and the first house was founded at Waverley in Surrey . Very shortly after (about 1134) the abbey of Stratford Langthorne in Essex was founded by William de Montfichet, who endowed it with all his lordship in West Ham .
It was not until two centuries afterwards that the second Cistercian house in the immediate neighbourhood of London was founded . This was the Abbey of St MaryGraces, East-Minster or New Abbey without the walls of London, beyond Tower Hill, which Edward III. instituted in 135o after a severe scourge of plague (the so-called Black Death) . The two great Military Orders—the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem and the Templars—followed the Augustinian rule and were both settled in London . The Hospital or Priory of St John was founded in 1 too by
See also:Jordan Briset and his wife Muriel, outside the northern wall of London, and the original village of Clerkenwell grew up around the buildings of the knights . A few years after this the Brethren of the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem or Knights of the Temple came into being at the Holy City, and they settled first on the south side of Holborn near Southampton . Row . They re-moved to Fleet Street or the New Temple in 1184 . On the suppression of the order by command of the
See also:pope the house in Fleet Street was given in 1313 by Edward II. to Aymer de
See also:Valence, earl of Pembroke, at whose death in 1324 the property passed to the knights of St John, who leased the new Temple to the lawyers, still the occupants of the district . The queen of Henry I . (Matilda or Maud) was one of the chief founders of religious houses, and so great was the number of monasteries built in this king's reign that it was said almost all the labourers became bricklayers and carpenters and there was much discontent in consequence . 4 .
See also:Plantagenet (1154-1485).—Henry II. appears to have been to a certain extent prejudiced against the citizens of London on account of their attitude towards his mother, and Fitz-he treated them with some severity .
In 1176 the stephen'a rebuilding of London Bridge with stone was begun by descrip-Peter of Colechurch . This was the bridge which was tion of pulled down early in the 19th century . It consisted of London. twenty stone
See also:arches and a drawbridge . There was a
See also:gatehouse at each end and a chapel or crypt in the centre, dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury, in which Peter of Colechurch was buried in 1205 . The large amount of building at this time proves that the citizens were wealthy . Fitzstephen, the
See also:monk of Canterbury, has left us the first picture of London . He speaks of its wealth, commerce, grandeur and magnificence—of the mildness of the
See also:climate, the beauty of the gardens, the sweet, clear and salubrious springs, the flowing streams, and the pleasant clack of the watermills . Even the vast forest of Middlesex, with its densely wooded thickets, its coverts of game, stags,
See also:fallow deer, boars and
See also:wild bulls is pressed into the description to give a contrast which shall enhance the beauty of the city itself . Fitzstephen tells how, when the great marsh that washed the walls of the city on the north (Moorfields) was frozen over, the
See also:young men went out to slide and skate and
See also:sport on the ice . Skates made of bones have been dug up in this district . This sport was allowed to fall into' disuse, and was not again prevalent until it was introduced from
See also:Holland after the Restoration . In spite of Fitzstephen's glowing description we must remember that the houses of London were wholly built of wood and thatched with
See also:straw or reeds .
These houses were specially liable to be destroyed by fire, and in order to save the city from this imminent danger the famous
See also:Assize of Building known as " Fitz-Ailwyne's Assize " was drawn up in 1189 . In this document the following statement was made: " Many citizens, to avoid such danger, built according to their means, on their ground, a stone house covered and protected by thick tiles against the fury of fire, whereby it often happened that when a fire arose in the city and burnt many edifices and had reached such a house, not being able to injure it, it then became extinguished, so that many neighbours' houses were wholly saved from fire by that house." Various privileges were conceded to those who built in stone, but no provision was made as to the material to be used in Blackfriars.—The Black, Preaching or Dominican Friars came to England in 1221 and their first house was at Oxford . Shortly after mendicant this they came to London and settled in Holborn near friars . Lincoln's Inn, where they remained for more than fifty years . In 1276 they removed to the neighbourhood of Baynard Castle, and their house gave a name to a London district which it still retains . Greyfriars.—The Greyfriars, Minorites or
See also:Franciscans, first settled in Cornhill, and in 1224 John Ewin made over to them an estate situated in the ward of Farringdon Within and in the parish of St
See also:Nicholas in the
See also:Shambles, where their friary was built . Christ Church, Newgate Street, occupies the site of the
See also:choir of the great church of the Greyfriars .
See also:Austin Friars.—The house of the Austin Friars or Friars Eremites was founded in Broad Street Ward in 1253 . White Friars.—The Friars of the Blessed Virgin of
See also:Carmel or
See also:Carmelites or Whitefriars came to London in 1241, and made their home on land between Fleet Street and the Thames given by Edward I . Besides the four chief orders of friars there were the Crutched Friars in the parish of St Olave, Hart Street (about 1298), and the roofing tenements . This Assize, which has been described as the Friars of the
See also:Sac first outside Aldersgate (about 1257) and afterwards earliest English Building Act, is of great value from an historical point of view, but unfortunately it had little practical effect, and in 1212 what was called " Fitz-Ailwyne's Second Assize," with certain compulsory regulations, was enacted . Thenceforth everyone who built a house was strictly charged not to cover it with reeds, rushes, stubble or straw, but only with tiles,
See also:shingle boards or lead .
In future, in order to stop a fire, houses could be pulled down in case of need with an alderman's
See also:hook and
See also:cord . For the speedy removal of burning houses each ward was to provide a strong iron hook, with a wooden handle, two chains and two strong cords, which were to be left in the charge of the bedel of the ward, who was also provided with a good
See also:horn, " loudly sounding." Richard I. was a popular king, but his fighting in the Holy Land cost his subjects much . London had to pay heavily towards his ransom; and, when the king made his triumphal entry into London after his
See also:release from imprisonment, a German nobleman is said to have remarked that had the emperor known of the wealth of England he would have insisted on a larger sum . The Londoners were the more glad to welcome Richard back in that the head of the regency,
See also:Longchamp, bishop of Ely, was very unpopular from the encroachments he made upon the city with his works at the Tower . The first charter by which the city claims the jurisdiction and conservancy of the river Thames was granted by Richard I . John granted several charters to the city, and it was expressly stipulated in Magna Charta that the city of London should have all its ancient privileges and free customs . The citizens opposed the king during the
See also:wars of the barons . In the year 1215 the barons having received intelligence secretly that they might enter London with ease through Aldgate, which was then in a very ruinous state, removed their camp from
See also:Bedford to Ware, and shortly after marched into the city in the
See also:night-time . Having succeeded in their object, they determined that so important a gate should no longer remain in a defenceless condition . They therefore spoiled the religious houses and robbed the monastery coffers in order to have means wherewith to rebuild it . Much of the material was obtained from the destroyed houses of the unfortunate Jews, but the stone for the bulwarks was obtained from
See also:Caen, and the small bricks or tiles from
See also:Flanders . Allusion has already been made to the great change in the aspect of London and its surroundings made during the Norman period by the establishment of a large number of monasteries .
A still more important change in the configuration of the interior of London was made in the 13th century, when the various orders of the friars established themselves there . The Benedictine monks preferred secluded sites; the
See also:Augustinians did not cultivate seclusion so strictly; but the friars chose the interior of towns by preference . At the beginning of the 13th century the remarkable evangelical revival, instituted almost simultaneously by St
See also:Dominic and St
See also:Francis, swept over Europe . in the Old Jewry . The names of places in London form valuable records of the habitations of different classes of the population . The monasteries and friaries are kept in memory by their names in various parts of London . In the same way the residences of the Jews have been marked . When Edward I. expelled the Jews from England in 1290 the district in which they had lived since William the Conqueror's day came to be called the Old Jewry . On their return after many centuries of
See also:exile most of them settled in the neighbourhood of Aldgate and Aldersgate . There is a reminder of them in the names of Jewry Street near the former and of Jewin Street near the latter place . Jewin Street was built on the site of the burying-place of the Jews before the expulsion . In the middle ages there was a constant succession of pageants, processions and tournaments .
The royal processions arranged in connexion with coronations were of great antiquity, pageants. but one of the earliest to be described is that of Henry Dr Jessopp gives a vivid picture of what occurred when King Edward III. entered London in
See also:triumph on the 14th of October 1347 . He was the foremost man in Europe, and England had reached a height of power and
See also:glory such as she had never attained before . Ten years after this, one of the most famous scenes in the streets of London occurred, when Edward the Black Prince brought the French King John and other prisoners after the battle of
See also:Poitiers to England . This was a scene unequalled until Henry V. returned from the glorious
See also:field of
See also:Agincourt in 1415 . The mayor and aldermen apparelled in orient-grained
See also:scarlet, and four hundred commoners in murrey, well mounted, with
See also:rich collars and chains, met the king at Blackheath . At the entrance to London Bridge the towers were adorned with banners of the royal arms, and in the front of them was inscribed Civitas Regis Justicie . During the troubles of the 15th century the authorities had seen the necessity of paying more attention to the security of the gates and walls of the city, and when Thomas Nevill, son of William, Lord Fauconberg, made his attack upon London in 1471 he experienced a spirited resistance . He first attempted to land from his ships in the city, but the Thames side from Baynard's Castle to the Tower was so well fortified that he had to seek a quieter and less prepared position . He then set upon the several gates in succession, and was repulsed at all . On the 11th of May he made a desperate attack upon Aldgate, followed by 500 men . He won the bulwarks and some of his followers entered into the city, but the
See also:portcullis being let down these were cut off from their own party and were slain by the enemy . The portcullis was drawn up, and the besieged issued forth against the rebels, who were soon forced to flee .
When Richard, duke of
See also:Gloucester, laid his plans for seizing the crown, he obtained the countenance of the lord mayor, Sir Edmund
See also:Shaw, whose brother Dr Shaw praised Richard at Paul's Cross .
See also:Crosby Hall, in Bishopsgate Street, then lately built, was made the lodging of the
See also:Protector . There he acted the accessible prince in the eyes of the people, for the last of the Plantagenets was another of the usurpers who found favour in the eyes of the men of London . His day, however, was short, and with the battle of
See also:Bosworth ends Plantagenet London . 96o LONDON [HISTORY 5 . Tudor (1485-r6o3).-It was during this period that the first maps of London were drawn . No representation' of the city earlier than the middle of the 16th century has Ft-:s maps been discovered, although it seems more than probable of London . that some plans must have been produced at an earlier period.' The earliest known view is the drawing of
See also:Van den Wyngaerde in the Bodleian Library (dated 1550) . Braun and Hogenberg's map was published in 1572-1573, and the so-called Agas's map was probably produced soon afterwards, and was doubtless influenced by the publication of Braun and Hogenberg's excellent
See also:engraving; Norden's maps of London and Westminster are dated 1593 . Some of these maps were pasted upon walls, and must have been largely destroyed by ordinary
See also:wear and
See also:tear . It is curious that the only two existing copies of Agas's map 2 were published in the reign of James I., although apparently they had not been altered from the earlier
See also:editions of
See also:Elizabeth's reign which have been lost . By the help of these maps we are able to obtain a clear notion of the extent and chief characteristics of Tudor London .
Henry VII. did little to connect his name with the history of London, although the erection of the exquisite specimen of florid
See also:Gothic at Westminster Abbey has carried his memory down in its popular name of Henry VII.'s chapel . Soon after this king obtained the throne he borrowed the sum of 3000 marks from the city, and moreover founded the excellent precedent of repaying it at the appointed time . The citizens were so pleased at this unexpected occurrence that they willingly lent the king £6000 in 1488, which he required for military preparations against France . In 1497 London was threatened by the rebels favour-able to Perkin
See also:Warbeck, who encamped on Blackheath on the 17th of June . At first there was a panic among the citizens, but subsequently the city was placed in a proper state of defence, and the king himself encamped in St George's Fields . On June 22 he entirely routed the rebels; and some time afterwards Perkin Warbeck gave himself up, and was conducted in triumph through London to the Tower . As the chief feature of Norman London was the foundation of monasteries, and that of Plantagenet London was the estab- Sappres- lishment of friaries, so Tudor London was specially don of characterized by the suppression of the whole of these r.ns/oas religious houses, and also of the almost numberless houses. religious gilds and brotherhoods . When we remember that more than half of the area of London was occupied by these establishments, and that about a third of the inhabitants were monks, nuns and friars, it is easy to imagine how great must have been the disorganization caused by this
See also:root and branch reform . One of the earliest of the religious houses to be suppressed was the hospital cf St Thomas of Acon (or Acre) on the north side of Cheapside, the site of which is now occupied by Mercers' Hall . The larger houses soon followed, and the Black, the White and the
See also:Grey Friars, with the Carthusians and many others, were all condemned in November 1 538 . Love of show was so marked a characteristic of Henry VIII. that we are not surprised to find him encouraging the citizens in the same expensive taste . On the occasion of his
See also:marriage with Catherine of
See also:Aragon the city was gorgeously ornamented with rich silks and
See also:tapestry, and Goldsmiths' Row (Cheapside) and part of Cornhill were hung with
See also:golden brocades .
When on the
See also:eve of St John's Day, 1510, the king in the habit of a
See also:yeoman of his own guard saw the famous march of the city watch, he was so delighted that on the following St Peter's Eve he again attended in Cheapside to see the march, but this time he was accompanied by the queen and the principal nobility . The cost of these two
See also:marches in the year was very considerable, and, having been suspended in 1528 on account of the prevai- l " A map of London engraved on copper-
See also:plate, dated 1497," which was bought by
See also:Columbus during his travels in Europe about 1518-1525, is entered in the
See also:catalogue of Ferdinand's hooks, maps, &c., made by himself and preserved in the Cathedral Library at Seville, but there is no
See also:clue to its existence . s One is in the Guildhall Library, and the other among the Pepysian maps in Magdalene College, Cambridge . The best mode of utilizing the buildings of the suppressed religious houses was a difficult question left unsolved by Henry VIII . That king, shortly before his death, refounded Rahere's St Bartholomew's Hospital, " for the continual relief and help of an hundred sore and diseased," but most of the large buildings were left unoccupied to be filled by his successor . The first parliament of Edward's reign gave all the lands and possessions of colleges, chantries, &c., to the king, when the different companies of London redeemed those which they had held for the payment of priests' wages, obits and lights at the price of £20,000, and applied the rents arising from them to charitable purposes . In 155o the citizens purchased the
See also:manor of Southwark, and with it they became possessed of the monastery of St Thomas, which was enlarged and prepared for the reception of " poor, sick and helpless objects." Thus was refounded St Thomas's Hospital, which was moved to Lambeth in 1870-1871 . Shortly before his death Edward founded Christ's Hospital in the Grey Friars, and gave the old palace of
See also:Bridewell to the city " for the lodging of poor wayfaring people, the correction of vagabonds and disorderly persons, and for finding them work." On the death of Edward VI .
See also:Lady Jane Grey was received at the Tower as queen, she having gone there by water from Durham House in the Strand . The citizens, however, soon found out their
See also:mistake, and the lord mayor, aldermen and recorder proclaimed Queen Mary at Cheapside . London was then gay with pageants, but when the queen made known her intention of marrying
See also:Philip of Spain the discontent of the country found vent in the rising of Sir Thomas Wyat, and the city had to prepare itself against attack . Wyat took possession of Southwark, and expected to have been admitted into London; but finding the gates shut against him and the drawbridge cut down he marched to
See also:Kingston, the bridge at which place had been destroyed .
This he restored, and then proceeded towards London . In consequence of the breakdown of some of his guns he imprudently halted at Turnham Green . Had he not done so it is probable that he might have obtained possession of the city . He planted his ordnance on Hay Hill, and then marched by St James's Palace to Charing Cross . Here he was attacked by Sir JohnGage with a thousand men, but he repulsed them and reached Ludgate without further opposition . He was disappointed at the resistance which was made, and after musing a while " upon a
See also:stall over against the Bell Savadge Gate " he turned back . His retreat was cut off, and he surrendered to Sir
See also:Berkeley . We have somewhat fully described this historical incident here because it has an important bearing on the history of London, and shows also the small importance of the districts outside the walls at that period . We now come to consider the appearance of London during the reign of the last of the Tudors . At no other period were so many great men associated with its history; the latter years of Elizabeth's reign are specially interest- LT.d ondon .
See also:ing to us because it was then that Shakespeare lived in London, and introduced its streets and people into his plays . In those days the frequent visitation of plagues made men fear the gathering together of multitudes .
This dread of pestilence, united with a puritanic hatred of plays, made the citizens do all they could to discountenance theatrical entertainments . The queen acknowledged the validity of the first reason, but she repudiated the religious objection provided ordinary care was taken to allow " such plays only as were fitted to yield honest recreation and no example of evil." On April 11, 1582, the lords of the council wrote to the lord mayor to the effect that, as "her
See also:Majesty sometimes took delight in those pastimes, it had been thought not unfit, having regard to the season of the year and the clearance of the city from infection, to allow of certain companies of players in London, partly that they might thereby attain more dexterity and perfection the better to content her Majesty " (
See also:Index to the Remembrancia) . When theatres were established the lord mayor took care that they should not be built within the city . The " Theatre " and the "
See also:Curtain " were situated at Shoreditch; the " Globe," the "
See also:Swan," the "
See also:Rose " and the " Hope " on the Bankside ; and the Blackfriars theatre, although within the walls, was without the city jurisdiction . In 1561 St Paul's
See also:steeple and roof were destroyed by
See also:lightning, and the
See also:spire was never replaced . This circumstance allows us to test the date of certain views; thus Wyngaerde's map has the spire, but Agas's map is without it . In 1566 the first stone was laid of the " Burse," which owed its origin to Sir Thomas Gresham . In 1571 Queen Elizabeth changed its name to the Royal Exchange . The Strand was filled with
See also:noble mansions washed by the waters of the Thames, but the street, if street it could be called, was little used by pedestrians . Londoners frequented the river, which was their great highway . The banks were crowded with stairs for boats, and the watermen of that day answered to the chairmen of a later date and the cabmen of to-day . The Bankside was of old a favourite place for entertainments, but two only—the bull-baiting and the bear-baiting—were in existence when Agas's map was first planned .
On Norden's map,' however, we find the gardens of 'Paris Garden, the bearhouse and the playhouse . The settled character of the later years of Elizabeth's reign appears to have caused a considerable change in the habits of the people . Many of the chief citizens followed the example of the courtiers, and built for themselves country residences in Middlesex, Essex and Surrey; thus we learn from Norden that AldermanRoe lived at Muswell Hill, and we know that Sir Thomas Gresham built a fine house and planned a beautiful park at Osterley . The maps show us much that remains somewhat the same as it was, but also much that has greatly altered . St Giles's was literally a village in the fields; Piccadilly was " the waye to Redinge," Oxford Street " the way to
See also:Uxbridge," Covent Garden an open field or garden, and Leicester Fields lammas land . Moorfields was drained and laid out in walks in Elizabeth's reign . At Spitalfields crowds used to congregate on
See also:Easter Monday and Tuesday to hear the Spital sermons preached from the
See also:pulpit cross . The ground was originally a Roman Cemetery, and about the year 1576 bricks were largely made from the clayey earth, the recollection of which is kept alive in the name of Brick Lane . Citizens went to Holborn and Bloomsbury for change of air, and houses were there prepared for the reception of children, invalids and convalescents . In the north were sprinkled the outlying villages of Islington, Hoxton and Clerkenwell . 6 .
See also:Stuart (16o3-r714).—The Stuart period, from the accession of James I. to the death of Queen Anne, extends over little more than a century, and yet greater changes occurred during those years than at any previous period .
The early years of Stuart London may be said to be closely linked with the last years of Elizabethan London, for the greatest men, such asRaleigh, Shakespeare and
See also:Jonson, lived on into James's reign . Much of the life of the time was then in the City, but the last years of Stuart London take us to the 18th century, when social life had permanently shifted to the west end . In the middle of the period occurred the civil wars, and then the fire which changed the whole aspect of London . When James came to the throne the
See also:term suburbs had a
See also:bad name, as all those disreputable persons who could find no shelter in the city itself settled in these outlying districts . Stubbs denounced suburban gardens and garden houses in his Anatomy of Abuses, and another writer observed "how happy were cities if they had no suburbs." The preparations for the
See also:coronation of King James were interrupted by a severe visitation of the plague, which killed off as rriany as 30,578 persons, and it was not till March 15, 1604, that the king, the queen and Prince Henry passed triumphantly from the Tower to Westminster . The lord mayor's shows, which had been discontinued for some years, were revived by order of the king in 1609 . The dissolved monastery of the Charterhouse, which had been bought and sold by the courtiers several times, was obtained from Thomas, earl of
See also:Suffolk, by Thomas Sutton for £13,000 . The new hospital chapel and ' This map of London by Norden is dated 1593, as stated above . The same topographer published in his Middlesex a map of Westminster as well as this one of the City'of London.schoolhouse were begun in 1611, and in the same year Sutton died . With the death of James I. in 1625 the older history of London may be said to have closed . During the reign of his successor the great change in the relative positions of London within and without the walls had set in . Before SOC/a///fe. going on to consider the chief incidents of this change it will be well to refer to some features of the social life of James's reign .
Ben Jonson places one of the scenes of Every Man in his
See also:Humour in Moorfields, which at the time he wrote the
See also:play had, as stated above, lately been drained and laid out in walks, Beggars frequented the place, and travellers from the village of Hoxton, who crossed it in order to get into London, did so with as much expedition as possible . Adjoining Moorfields were Finsbury Fields, a favourite practising ground for the archers . Mile End, a common on the Great Eastern Road, was long famous as a
See also:rendezvous for the troops . These places are frequently referred to by the old dramatists;
See also:Justice Shallow boasts of his doings at Mile End Green when he was Dagonet in Arthur's Show . Fleet Street was the show-place of London, in which were exhibited a constant succession of puppets, naked
See also:Indians and
See also:strange fishes . The great meeting-place of Londoners in the day-time was the
See also:nave of old St Paul's . Crowds of merchants with their hats on transacted business in the aisles, and used the font as a
See also:counter upon which to make their payments; lawyers received clients at their several pillars; and masterless serving-men waited to be engaged upon their own particular
See also:bench . Besides those who came on business there were gallants dressed in fashionable finery, so that it was worth the tailor's while to stand behind a pillar and fill his table-books with notes . The middle or Mediterranean
See also:aisle was the Paul's Walk, also called the Duke's Gallery from the erroneous supposition that the tomb of Sir Guy Beauchamp, earl of
See also:Warwick, was that of the " good " Humphrey, duke of Gloucester . After the Restoration a fence was erected on the inside of the great north
See also:door to hinder a concourse of
See also:rude people, and when the cathedral was being rebuilt Sir Christopher Wren made a strict order against any profanation of the sacred building . St Paul's churchyard was'from the earliest days of printing until the end of the 18th century the headquarters of the book trade, when it shifted to Paternoster Row . Another of the favourite haunts of the people was the garden of Gray's Inn, where the choicest society was to be met .
There, under the
See also:shadow of the
See also:elm trees which
See also:Bacon had planted,
See also:Pepys and his wife constantly walked . Mrs Pepys went on one occasion specially to observe the fashions of the ladies because she was then "making some clothes." In those days of public conviviality, and for many years afterwards, the taverns of London held a very important place . The Boar's Head in Great Eastcheap was an inn of Taverns . Shakespeare's own day, and the characters he introduces into his plays are really his own contemporaries . The " Mermaid " is sometimes described as in
See also:Bread Street, and at other times in
See also:Friday Street and also in Cheapside . We are thus able to
See also:fix its exact positiop; for a little to the west of Bow church is Bread Street, then came a
See also:block of houses, and the next thorough-fare was Friday Street . It was in this block that the " Mermaid " was situated, and there appear to have been entrances from each street . What makes this fact still more certain is the circumstance that a
See also:haberdasher in Cheapside living "'twixt Wood Street and Milk Street," two streets on the north side opposite Bread and Friday Streets, described himself as " over against the Mermaid
See also:tavern in Cheapside." The
See also:Windmill tavern occupies a prominent position in the action of Every Man in his Humour.z The Windmill stood at the corner of the Old Jewry towards Lothbury, and the Mitre close by the Mermaid in Bread Street . The Mitre in Fleet Street, so intimately associated with Dr
See also:Johnson, also existed at this time . It is mentioned in a
See also:comedy entitled Ram
See also:Alley (1611) and
See also:Lilly the 2 Various changes in the names of the taverns are made in the
See also:folio edition of this play (1616) from the
See also:quarto (1601) ; thus the Mermaid of the quarto becomes the Windmill in the folio, and the Mitre of t quarto is the
See also:Star of the folio . astrologer frequented it in 1640 . At the Mermaid Ben Jonson had such companions as Shakespeare, Raleigh,
See also:Fletcher, Carew,
See also:Cotton and
See also:Selden, but at the Devil in Fleet Street, where he started the
See also:Apollo Club, he was omnipotent .
See also:Herrick, in his well-known Ode to Ben, mentions several of the inns of the day . Under James I. the theatre, which established itself so firmly in the latter years of Elizabeth, had still further increased its Tbeaeres. influence, and to the entertainments given at the many playhouses may be added the masques so expensively produced at court and by the lawyers at the inns of court . In 1613 The Masque of Flowers was presented by the members of Gray's Inn in the Old Banqueting House in
See also:honour of the marriage of the infamous Carr, earl of Somerset, and the equally infamous Lady Frances, daughter of the earl of Suffolk . The entertainment was prepared by Sir Francis Bacon at a cost of about 2000 . It was during the reign of Charles I. that the first great exodus of the wealthy and fashionable was made to the West End . The great square or piazza of Covent Garden was formed The from the designs of Inigo
See also:Jones about 1632 . The " west End." neighbouring streets were built shortly afterwards, and the names of Henrietta, Charles, James, King and York Streets were given after members of the royal family, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, was built about 1629, and named in honour of Henrietta Maria . Lincoln's Inn Fields had been planned some years before . With the Restoration the separation of fashionable from city life became complete . When the Civil War broke out London took the side of the parliament, and an extensive system of fortification was at once projected to protect the town against the threatened attack of the royal army . A strong earthen rampart, flanked with bastions and redoubts, surrounded the City, its liberties, Westminster and Southwark, making an immense enclosure . London had been ravaged by plague on many former occasions, but the pestilence that began in
See also:December 1664 lives in history The as " the Plague of London." On the 7th of June 1665 nlagae .
See also:Samuel Pepys for the first time saw two or three houses marked with the red cross and the words " Lord, have mercy upon us," on the doors . The deaths daily increased, and business was stopped . Grass grew in the area of the Royal Exchange, at
See also:Whitehall, and in the principal streets of the city . On the 4th of
See also:September 1665 Pepys writes an interesting
See also:letter to Lady
See also:Carteret from Woolwich: " I have stayed in the city till above 7400 died in one week, and of them about 6000 of the plague, and little
See also:noise heard day or night but tolling of bells." The plague was scarcely stayed before the whole city was in flames, a calamity of the first magnitude, but one which in the end caused much good, as the seeds of disease were destroyed, and London has never since been visited by such an epidemic . On the and of September 1666 the fire broke out at one o'clock in the morning at a house in
See also:Pudding Lane . A violent east wind fomented the flames, which raged during the whole of Monday and great part of Tuesday . On Tuesday night the wind fell somewhat, and on Wednesday the fire slackened . On
See also:Thursday it was extinguished, but on the evening of that day the flames again burst forth at the Temple . Some houses were at once blown up by
See also:gunpowder, and thus the fire was finally mastered . Many interesting details of the fire are given in Pepys's
See also:Diary . The river swarmed with vessels filled with persons carrying away such of their goods as they were able to save . Some fled to the hills of Hampstead and Highgate, but Moorfields was the chief resort of the houseless Londoner .
Soon paved streets and two-storey houses were seen in that swampy place . The people
See also:bore their troubles heroically, and Henry
See also:Oldenburg, writing to the Hon . Robert Boyle on September so, says: " The citizens, instead of complaining, discoursed almost of nothing but of a survey for rebuilding the city with bricks and large streets." Within a few days of the fire three several plans were presented to the king for the rebuilding of the city, by Christopher Wren, John
See also:Evelyn and Robert
See also:Hooke . Wren proposed to build main thoroughfares north and south, and east and west, to insulate all the churches in conspicuous positions, to form the most public places into large piazzas, to unite the halls of the twelve chief companies into one regular square annexed to Guildhall and to make a fine quay on the bank of the river from Blackfriars to the Tower . His streets were to be of three magnitudes—90 ft., 6o ft. and 30 ft. wide respectively . Evelyn's plan differed from Wren's chiefly in proposing a street from the church of St
See also:Dunstan's in the East to the cathedral, and in having no quay or terrace along the river . In spite of the best advice, however, the jealousies of the citizens prevented any systematic design from being carried out, and in consequence the old lines were in almost every case retained . But though the plans of Wren and Hooke were not adopted, it was to these two
See also:fellows of the Royal Society that the labour of rebuilding London was committed . Wren's great work was the erection of the cathedral of St Paul's, and the many churches ranged round it as satellites . Hooke's task was the humbler one of arranging as city surveyor ,for the building of the houses . He laid out the ground of the several proprietors in the rebuilding of the city, and had no rest early or
See also:late from persons soliciting him to set out their ground for them at once . The first great impetus of change in the configuration of London was given by the great fire, and Evelyn records and regrets that the town in his time had grown almost as large again as it was within his own memory .
Although for several centuries attempts had been made in favour of building houses with brick or stone, yet the carpenters continued to be the chief house-builders . As late as the year 1650 the Carpenters' Companydrew up a memorial in which they " gave their reasons that tymber buildings were more commodious for this citie than brick buildings were." The Act of Parliament " for rebuilding the city of London " passed after the great fire, gave the coup de
See also:grace to the carpenters as house-builders . After setting forth that " building with brick was not only more comely and durable, but also more safe against future perils of fire," it was enacted "that all the outsides of all buildings in and about the city should be made of brick or stone, except doorcases and window-frames, and other parts of the first
See also:story to the front between the piers," for which substantial oaken
See also:timber might be used "for conveniency of shops." In the winter of 1683-1684 a fair was held for some time upon the Thames . The
See also:frost, which began about seven
See also:weeks before
See also:Christmas and continued for six weeks after, was the greatest on record; the ice was 11 in. thick . The revocation of the edict of Nantes in October 1685, and the consequent
See also:migration of a large number of industrious French Protestants, caused a considerable growth in the east end of London . The silk manufactories at Spitalfields were then established . During the short reign of James II. the fortunes of the city were at their lowest, and nowhere was the arrival of the prince of Orange more welcomed . William III. cared little for London, the
See also:smoke of which gave him asthma, and when a great part of Whitehall was burnt in 1691 he purchased Nottingham House and made it into Kensington Palace . Kensington was then an insignificant village, but the arrival of the court soon caused it to grow in importance . Although the spiritual wants of the city were amply provided for by the churches built by Wren, the large districts outside the city and its liberties had been greatly neglected . The act passed in the reign of Queen Anne for building fifty new churches (1710) for a time supplied the wants of large districts . 7 .
Eighteenth Century.—London had hitherto grown up by the side of the Thames . In the 18th century other parts of the town were more largely built upon . The inhabitants used coaches and chairs more than boats, and the banks of the river were neglected . London could no longer be seen as a whole, and became amere collection of houses . In spite of this the 18th century produced some of the most devoted of Londoners—men who considered a day lived out of London as one lost out of their lives . Of this class Dr Johnson and
See also:Hogarth are striking examples . The exhibitions of vice and cruelty that were The Great Fire . Rebuilding: Wren's scheme . constantly to be seen in the capital have been reproduced by Hogarth, and had they not been set down by so truthful an observer it would have been almost impossible to believe that such enormities could have been committed in the streets of a great city . A few days after his accession George I. addressed the representatives of the city in these words: " I have lately been made sensible of what consequence the city of London is, and therefore shall be sure to take all their privileges and interests into my particular protection." On the following lord mayor's day the king witnessed the show in Cheapside and attended the banquet at Guildhall . Queen Anne and the first three Georges were all accommodated, on the occasions of their visits to the city to see the show, at the same house opposite Bow church . In the time of Queen Anne and George I .
See also:David Barclay (the son of the famous apologist for the
See also:Quakers) was an apprentice in the house, but he subsequently became master, and had the honour of receiving George II. and George III. as his guests . There was a large
See also:balcony extending along the front of the house which was fitted with a
See also:canopy and hangings of
See also:damask silk . The building, then numbered Io8 Cheapside, was pulled down in 1861 . Early in the 18th century there was a considerable extension of building operations in the West End . Still, however, the north of London remained ,unbuilt upon . In 1756 E:t the 18 and for some years subsequently the land behind la the 18th century . Montague House (now the British Museum) was occupied as a
See also:farm, and when in that year a proposal was made to plan out a new road the
See also:tenant and the duke of Bedford strongly opposed it . In 1772 all beyond
See also:Portland Chapel in Great Portland Street was country . Bedford House in Bloomsbury Square had its full view of Hampstead and High-gate from the back, and Queen's Square was built open to the north in order that the inhabitants might obtain the same prospect . In 1737 the Fleet ditch between Holborn Bridge and Fleet Bridge was covered over, and Stocks Market was removed from the site of the Mansion House to the present Farringdon Street, and called Fleet market . On October 25, 1739, the first stone of the Mansion House was laid . Previously the first magistrates lived in several different houses .
A frost almost as severe as the memorable one of 1683-1684 occurred in the winter of 1739-1740, and the Thames was again the scene of a busy fair . In I758 the houses on London Bridge were cleared away, and in 1760-1762 several of the city gates were taken down and sold . Moorgate is said to have fetched £166, Aldersgate £91, Aldgate £177, Cripplegate £9o, and Ludgate £148 . The statue of Queen Elizabeth which stood on the west side of Ludgate was purchased by Alderman Gosling and set up against the east end of St Dunstan's church in Fleet Street, where it still remains . 8 . Nineteenth Century.—In 18o6 London saw the public funerals of three of England's greatest men . On the 8th
See also:February the body of Nelson was borne with great pomp from the Admiralty to St Paul's Cathedral, where it was interred in the presence of the prince of Wales and the royal dukes . Pitt was buried on the 22nd of February, and
See also:Fox on the loth of October, both in Westminster Abbey . The first exhibition of
See also:Winsor's system of lighting the streets with gas took place on the king's birthday (June 4) 1807, and was made in a row of lamps in front of the
See also:colonnade before Carlton House . Finsbury Square was the first public place in which gas lighting was actually adopted, and Grosvenor Square the last . In the winter of 1813-1814 the Thames was again frozen over . The frost began on the evening of December 27, 1813, with a thick
See also:fog .
After it had lasted for a
See also:month, a thaw of four days, from the 26th to the 29th of
See also:January, took place, but this thaw was succeeded by a renewal of the frost, so severe that the river soon became one immovable
See also:sheet of ice . There was a street of tents called the City Road, which was daily thronged with visitors . In 1838 the second Royal Exchange was destroyed by fire; and on October 28, 1844, the Queen opened the new Royal Exchange, built by Mr (afterwards Sir William) Tite . The Great Exhibition of 1851 brought alarger number of visitors to London than had ever been in it before at one time . The great and continuous increase in the buildings and the enlargement of London on all sides dates from this period . London within the walls has been almost entirely rebuilt, although in the neighbourhood of the Tower there are still many old houses which have only been refronted . From the upper rooms of the houses may be seen a large number of old tiled
See also:roofs . Unlike many capitals of Europe which have shifted their centres the city of London in spite of all changes and the continued enlargement of the capital remains the centre and head-quarters of the business of the country . The Bank of England, the Royal Exchange and the Mansion House are on the site of Ancient London . In 1863 on the occasion of the marriage of King Edward VII . (when prince of Wales) the streets of London were illuminated as they had never been before . Among other events which made the streets gay and centred in processions to St Paul's may be specially mentioned the Thanksgiving Day on the 27th of February 1872 for the recovery of the prince of Wales after his dangerous illness; and the rejoicings at the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, and the Diamond Jubilee in 1897 .
The first greatemigration of the London merchants westward was about the middle of the 18th century, but only those who had already secured large fortunes ventured so far as Hatton Garden . At the beginning of the 19th century it had become common for the tradesmen of the city to live away from their businesses, but it was only about the middle of the 19th century that it became at all usual for those in the West End to do the same . During the first half of the 19th century the position of the City Corporation had somewhat fallen in public esteem, and some of the most influential men in the city were unconnected with it, but a considerable change took place in the latter half of the century . Violent attacks were made upon the Livery Companies, but of late years, largely owing to the public spirit of the companies in devoting large sums of money towards the improvement of the several industries in connexion with which they were founded, and the establishment of the City and Guilds of London Technical Institute, a complete change has taken place as to the public estimation in which they are held .
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