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Forgotten London films: Underground (1928)

Underground is the only silent film I’ve included on this list – and it is a corker. Largely shot on location, it is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to know what interwar London looked like – around Chelsea in particular. (Lots Road...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: Run For Your Money (1949)

A lesser known Ealing comedy, Run for your Money tells the story of two Welsh miners who come to London having won a prize in a newspaper competition, which they need to collect in person. Some of the humour is more strained than in comparable Ealing...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: Waterloo Road (1945)

Set contemporaneously, Waterloo Road expertly taps into the tensions between those called up for military duty and those who remained behind in civilian life. It stars John Mills as a soldier who comes home to south east London on leave to find his wife,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: The Happy Family (1952)

The redoubtable Stanley Holloway leads the ensemble cast in this 1952 comedy set against the opening of the Festival of Britain the previous year. I say “against” advisedly: the premise of the film is that an administrative error, discovered...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: No Trees in the Street (1959)

Director J Lee Thompson had made Ice Cold in Alex the previous year. He would go on to make both Guns of Navarone and Cape Fear in the next couple of years before his career went into decline. He would end up helming a couple of films in the first Planet...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: London Belongs to Me (1948)

Released in 1948, this is an adaptation of Norman Collins’ sprawling sub-Dickensian novel of London life, published just three years earlier. The novel teems with stories, and much has had to be trimmed to create a workable film (the book’s...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: St Martin’s Lane (1938)

Also known by its US title, Sidewalks of London, St Martin’s Lane is the story of a pickpocket, played by Vivienne Leigh, who is befriended by a seasoned street performer (Charles Laughton). He discovers she has a lovely singing voice and incorporates...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: Pool of London (1951)

A gripping and beautifully shot 1951 film noir from Ealing Studios, Pool of London follows two merchant seamen on shore leave who get sucked into a world of petty crime which quickly escalates out of their control. Its principal claim to fame these days...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: The Boy and the Bridge (1959)

The bridge in question is Tower Bridge, where the boy, played by nine-year-old Iain Maclaine, flees after he sees – or believes he sees – his drunken father get arrested for murder. At heart, this is a rather tender film, as Maclaine’s...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Forgotten London films: Night and the City (1950)

Unarguably the finest British film noir ever made, Night and the City was directed by American Jules Dassin. Its strikingly dark tone may not be unrelated to the fact that Dassin took the project because studio head Darryl F Zanuck had told him he was...
From: Mathew Lyons on 7 Aug 2017

Thomas Ribright: The Electrifying Optician of 18th-century London.

Over the years I’m occasionally asked about historical heroes and villains and, in particular, who my ‘history hero’ would be. People are often surprised at my answer. My choice is neither famous nor celebrated…in fact it’s...
From: DrAlun on 1 Aug 2017

Review: “Pleasing Mr Pepys” by Deborah Swift

Pleasing Mr Pepys is the newest work by Deborah Swift and set to release this September (2017), and I was fortunate to have been given an advance review copy. To me, Swift brought Deborah Willet, the Pepyses, and the London...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 31 Jul 2017

July 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (July 31, 1767).“Intending to carry on my former Business …” Charles Jeffery had been away from New London for a while, having left “to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Jul 2017

July 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-London Gazette (July 17, 1767).“CASH is given for clean Linen RAGS.” Eighteenth-century newspapers were peppered with calls for rags. In any given issue, the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Jul 2017

The man of pleasure’s pocket-book

With an engraved frontispiece showing two fashionably dressed couples walking in a park: The most elegant desses upon the Ton / Dighton del. ; Cook sculp. Title: The man of pleasure’s pocket-book, or, The bon vivant’s vdde mecum, for...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 11 Jul 2017

Don Giovanni in Flanders

Spanish attack on a Flemish village, Attr:  Pieter Snayers. (click to enlarge) In the winter of 1603-04, Glassmaker Antonio Neri embarked on what would become a seven-year-long visit to Antwerp, possibly the most productive period of his career....
From: Conciatore on 10 Jul 2017

July 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (July 3, 1767).“A Passage-Boat fitted in the best Manner for the Reception of Passengers.” Samuel Beebe and Ebenezer Webb were competitors. Both operated...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Jul 2017

June 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (June 26, 1767).“The Subscribers are desired speedily to send for their Books.” It took some time for Timothy Green to publish Joseph Fish’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Jun 2017

June 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (June 16, 1767).“Will be sold at the London retailing prices.” Watchmaker Joshua Lockwood ran a shop at the corner of Union...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Jun 2017

June 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette (June 15, 1767).“Just arrived … Thomas Paul, TAYLOR from LONDON.” George Senneff, “TAYLOR, from LONDON,” and Thomas Paul, “TAYLOR...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jun 2017

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