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Old Posted Apr 6, 2012, 8:04 PM
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Amazing tour!!! London clearly isn't near as "hillbilly" as the world has been led to believe.
What? The world thought of London as a hick town? When?
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Such a great and varied thread. I am especially fond of the Brixton pics. By chance, could we expect some Dalston/Haggerston pics some day?
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For you, KOTH, anything. There was a place I was thinking of featuring in neighbouring Homerton, so it would be an easy stretch to widen it out to a Hackney nabes section! I should get it done by the early autumn.

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i don't know why i always wanted to see London before Paris even if my mother tongue is french.i want to see it even more now.
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One of my all time favorite photothreads.
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great stuff
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Thanks everyone, much appreciated! More to come soon!
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It seems like years since the Olympics, but here, finally, is an Olympic update.

Cue inevitable blast of David Bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QBmTHwR3hg

PART TEN: UPSTARTS

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XXXVII –Anne Boleyn

London’s aristocracy has almost always lived amongst the cleaner air and water on the west side of town, so it is unusual to find a royal connection as far out east as Newham, the Olympic borough.

In 1904, West Ham United Football Club rented an old cabbage patch to use as a pitch in the grounds of ‘Boleyn Castle’ – a stately home once visited by Henry VIII’s famous second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Although there are plans for West Ham to move north to the new Olympic Stadium, for now it is still based in the stadium that is officially known as the ‘Boleyn Ground’. Next door is the glorious Victorian pub, the ‘Boleyn Tavern’ and just down the road is the ‘Boleyn Cinema’, which now specialises in Bollywood films (or should that be Boleywood?)



West Ham, based in the middle of London’s east end, has a reputation for developing talented young players, only to sell them to richer clubs. Once minute it will be mixing it with the big boys in the Premiership, the next minute its fans will spend the winter touring northern industrial towns like Burnley and Doncaster. Fans on its forum, ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ (KUMB) debate whether their team has become a yo-yo club. So it’s appropriate that it shares the name of its ground with an aristocrat who had a few ups and downs of her own.

When Henry decided to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragorn, and marry Anne he alienated the Pope, half of Europe and many of his own subjects. They condemned Anne as a ‘harlot’, a ‘she-devil’ and a ‘goggle-eyed whore’. Then things got worse for her. After failing to deliver Henry a male heir, she was executed on trumped up charges of adultery and incest.

Thomas Wyatt - a courtier and poet who had been in love with Anne before Henry began to pursue her - found himself caught up in the purge that surrounded Anne’s execution, and witnessed her beheading from a cell in the Tower of London. Later, writing a poem about the dangers of ambition, he warned that the power of the king ‘thunders through the realm’, and
‘The high mountains are blasted oft
When the low valley is mild and soft.’

But Anne, struck by lightning at the summit, managed to claw her way back up the mountain. Her daughter - described by the Spanish ambassador as ‘the concubine’s little bastard Elizabeth’ - became Elizabeth I, and during the reign of one of England’s most successful monarchs Anne was praised as a saint of the Anglican Church, a ‘worthy and Christian lady’.

Today, she is remembered as one of the few people who had the courage to answer back to Henry VIII – bravery that even enemies like Thomas Cromwell understood and respected.




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XXXVIII –Thomas à Becket

The son of a London merchant, he became foster father to the King of England’s eldest son - Thomas Becket was the ultimate social climber.

Not especially well educated, Becket rose through the ranks of the clergy because he was ‘second to none in despatch of business’ – as Henry II’s adviser, he was so influential one chronicler said ‘that he seemed to share the government with him’.

Becket’s career appeared to be complete when Henry II made him Archbishop of Canterbury. However, having reached high office, the ultimate fixer turned all patronising and self-righteous.

In one letter to the King, he explained, ‘because you are my king, I am bound to respect and to admonish you; because you are my son, I am bound by the duties of my office to chastise and to correct you. For a father corrects his son, sometimes in kind words and sometimes in harsh, that, by the one means or the other, he may recall him to do what is right.’

Henry did what any self-respecting king would do; he had Becket killed. However, Henry II’s goons lacked the subtlety of Henry VIII and his advisers. Instead of prosecuting Becket on fictitious charges, they hacked the top of his head off as he sought sanctuary in his own Cathedral, ‘so that the blood turned white from the brain yet no less did the brain turn red from the blood’.

The outcry was so huge that the King himself was forced to do public penance. Weeping at Thomas’s grave, Henry “prostrated himself on the ground, and with the utmost humility entreated pardon; and, at his urgent petition, he, though so great a man, was corporally beaten with rods by all the brethren in succession.”

Today, Thomas à Becket, the man who brought a king to his knees, is remembered in his native city with a sprinkling of pubs, streets, schools, plaques and churches – and not least by this gem by Augustus Pugin in Hammersmith.


The church and graveyard were locked when I visited, but there are some great shots of the interior and graveyard at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2417463 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_p...n/photostream/.

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At last a long overdue update, fascinating as always .
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Very nice, I wonder if London has any post Olympic blues. The area around the Thames barrier has certainly been improved since I was last there in the early 90's.
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What a great thread-Bedhead!
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Time for an update after a long break - some filler first:

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