Please leave as much here as you can. The more I see and read, teaches.

The histury of London is not only a hobby, but also, a Love or, maybe a little nearer to Reality would be for me to say, a Passion.......

..........So, post as much as Time allows....The more obscure, the more cherished...............

Onwards and Upwards.......................

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Although what would happen between Mods and Rockers during the time around '64, happened in coastal sea-side resorts, the Mods were nurtiured in London.

The fashion and music trades flourished due to this cult............................The Heart of the Mod fashion World was Carnaby Street, Soho, London's West-End...............................

.........Here below is Carnaby Street followed by some Mods.............................The era, as I wrote is '64-ish (Also to be recognised is that, Marc Bolan, of T.Rex, was, at that time the 15 year-old 'Face' of Mod)..............

Unfortunately, in the time I have, everywhere I looked on the computer, with relation to London Mods, involved 'excessive' fights with Rockers (Bikers), not something I wish to promote on a site like iPeace and so I have included this film trailor. Firstly due to its' accuracy and viewability and, secondly, as the Who were the Ultimate Mod group (Pete Thownsend and the Who being writers of the thing)........Here it is, anyhow...

(Some fresh-faces there, eh ?).
Love the video of Carnaby Street, you are a wizz at finding great youtubes :)

I've never see Quadrophenia but have now added it to my list (I'm a member of Lovefilm)

Temple Bar.
Temple Bar was one of the gates through which people and traffic had to pass. It originally stood where Fleet Street now meets the Strand, the bar was first mentioned in 1293. It stood outside of the Temple law chambers and was always associated with the "Bar". It is the only surviving gateway to the City it was removed and re-erected in Theabalds park in Hertfordshire, where it stood neglected for many years. The Temple Bar was finally returned to the City of London. funded by the corporation of London to the tune of over £3.0m. The reconstruction of Temple Bar on an empty site next to St Paul's Cathedral, was completed in November 2004. There are four statues Charles I, Charles II, James I and Anne of Denmark they were carved by John Bushnell and have now been restored in the main alcoves of Temple Bar, and now the only traffic that passes through the gateway is on foot.

This is a interesting site...
GREAT !, F.F., and thanks a million.......Where Temple Bar was in Fleet Street, there is, upon a plinth, a Griphon. There are several of these in various places, The Embankment, near Temple underground station being one (this also, by the way leads me to the Inns of Court, and, more importantly their links to the Knight's Templars, The Grey and Black Friars, a place name in London, as well as part London's past tangled web of survival, and much more...But, later). These statues are in the places which had 'Bars', which allowed road-entry to the City's square mile.
There is also Moorgate, or, Moor's Gate...another time, unless anyone wants to add,
'nd save me the trouble, hehe !
It took 18 months to complete the move, Chris, back to London, Paternoster Square, as you so rightly say, next to St. Paul's.....................

The beginning of course, was the Roman Invasion....there were, various invaders and indegenous inhabitants before, and during (but as slaves, predominately, after the Invasion) but the Romans made a mark that still lives today in the sprawling mass that is, London.

After they [Romans] travelled from the South coast and reached London, they were confronted by the River Thames (naturally, they settled at this point, there was water, grazing land, wild animals for food and all other manner of use, and, quite honestly, was a gate-way to the seas and inland)...........They settled, and London, as we know it today, was born.............................Londinium being the name given.

The ancient Roman mythical religion, Mithras..........................
................This is in the City of London, and was discovered, 1952...................see St.Paul's in the background during the clip....Paternoster Square being behind and to the left as you look ?....... .........See you all soon...and add, add, add, plllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaassssssssssseeeeeee.
Have only realised now, that I refer to 'Chris' in this last bit of stuff and maybe you think I was referring to yourself....Sorry for that, I was (as I knew/know your name,even the Gods in the Heavens would have no idea what I was thinking about !).......................Well, that's over with, at least. Phew !.
I'm not keen on the bull killing aspect of Mithras but it is interesting to learn about all these new (to me) things, thank you for educating me :)
It's a pleasure, I love to share and be given inormation...I'm with you on the bull issue, but times were less aware of suffering, both human and animal, in days gone by....That's life, I suppose. We've come a long way.
Here, you see the plinth and Griphon, Fleet Street, alluded to previously..............

Thanks for the clip... it is interesting to see one :)

THE INNS OF COURT.........................

The origins of the inns of court remain obscure. However, it is certain that by the mid-fourteenth century lawyers had begun to congregate in the Temple, to the south of Fleet street, in the City of London, occupying buildings erected there by the Knights Templar and subsequently acquired but not used by the Knights Hospitaller.

In due course, two societies of lawyers were formed there, each occupying one of the two halls built by the Templars on the site, and there is evidence that they had adopted the names of the Inner and the Middle Temple by 1388. Meanwhile, two other societies of apprentices at law had been established to the north of Fleet street - Lincoln's Inn to the west of Chancery lane, on land partly owned by the Bishops of Chichester, and Gray's Inn to the north-east, on a site formerly occupied by the Lords Grey of Wilton as their London residence. Although earlier origins have been claimed for the inns of court, Professor Baker links the development of these societies with the settlement of the royal law courts in Westminster in the 1340s and with the formation of a number of similar forms of fellowship at this time, including the Order of the Garter. It was not until nearly a century later (about 1425) that we find them referred to as the 'inns of court' - inns because they provided accommodation for lawyers and law students, and 'of court' because their members appeared in the king's courts. However, it is clear that, once established, they offered not only residential accommodation and hospitality to their members, but also, more importantly, legal training. Indeed, in the early modern period, the inns of court and chancery became collectively known as 'the third university of England'.


The main functions of the medieval inns of court continue to the present day, albeit significantly altered over time, and they have also assumed the role of the now defunct serjeants' inns, which were reserved for the most senior members of the profession (the serjeants at law). The inns of court provide chambers, residential flats, dinners, social events, chapels, libraries and moots, even if they are no longer the sole deliverers of legal education for the bar. It continues to be the inns of court and not the law courts who call suitably qualified practitioners to the bar, giving them the exclusive right of audience in the superior courts, and, it is the inns who, if necessary, disbar their members for professional misconduct. In recent times, the inns have formed and contributed to a number of joint bodies to promote, educate, regulate and discipline the profession, such as the Council of the Inns of Court, the Bar Council (or General Council of the Bar) and the Council for Legal Education (founded in 1852 and abolished 1997); but, to quote Sir Robert Megarry, 'these are merely modern versions of ancient functions'.

It is one of the most senior benchers who becomes Treasurer of the inn for the year, having served the previous year in a designated office such as Reader (in the Inner Temple) or Master of the Library (in Lincoln's Inn). The inns also choose honorary benchers distinguished in other walks of life and each has a number of royal benchers. Since the sixteenth century, the Treasurer has been assisted by an Under- or Sub-Treasurer, who soon became a permanent and salaried official, and from the earliest days, each inn has employed domestic staff, including at various times a butler, steward, head porter, gardener, boghouse keeper, cook, pannierman and a number of waiters, turnspits and other servants to assist in the kitchen. It is interesting that, in 1565, the Lincoln's Inn benchers felt it necessary to exclude laundresses and other female servants from the inn unless below the age of twelve or over the age of forty, presumably to keep the students' attention focused on the law. In addition, the inns have libraries and chapels, or in the case of the Inner and Middle Temple, equal shares in the Temple church. The inns fiercely maintain their independent status as local authorities and, in the case of the Temple, as a royal peculiar, denying the jurisdiction of both the Bishop and the Lord Mayor of London. In the seventeenth century, when the Lord Mayor of London bore his sword on entering the Inner Temple, a fracas ensued and he was forced to seek refuge in the chambers of Auditor Phillips, where he was further insulted, whilst the status of the Temple church as a royal peculiar was put .to the test as recently as 1996.

Within the precincts of the Inner Temple lies a three-acre garden, its wide lawns, populated with a rare and unusual collection of trees, sweeping towards the river and bounded by spectacular herbaceous borders. It is a little-known haven of tranquillity and beauty in the heart of London's continuous uproar.


References to a garden on this site pre-date the founding of the Inn, and the present day lay-out has evolved over the centuries as land was claimed for building, and as the Thames was controlled. The mediaeval records describe an orchard; by the 14th Century there are several mentions of its roses (and Shakespeare used it as a setting for the meeting between Richard Plantagenet and John Beaufort which sparked the Wars of the Roses); a more formal design, with a top terrace and walks, was laid out in 1591, and small modifications continued until the early 18th Century when a major re-configuration took place, imposing the then fashionable 'William and Mary' Dutch style, enclosed and with three rectangular lawns, dotted with trees and dissected by gravel paths. After Bazelgette's construction of the Victoria Embankment, when direct access to the river was lost, it was completely re-shaped over the enlarged area and this remains the skeletal design of the 21st Century garden.

This log looks out on London and what a view. Here from Parliament Hill you have a fabulous view. When I was a child we used to come to this hill to fly out kites. I always remember other people's kites flying very high. Mine - or my brother's would go up a reasonable way - but the kites that went into outer space belonged to the professional kite flyers. And in winter, when there was snow, then Parliament Hill was the place for belting down the hill and getting frozen.

.....................and around '69/'70-ish, there were several midnight gigs here with Pink Floyd and other musical lumineries, from both Britain and America...'nd a merry time was had by all...........................
Flying kites is always fun, being surrounded with trees it wasn't/isn't so easy here.

In the snow did you sledge down the hill?

Don't know much about Pink Floyd, not the band anyhow, but that must have been fantastic :)

The only Pink Floyd I know about is by Danish Blue and out of Classic Sable!


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