A view from the Tower Bridge over the river Thames (upstream)

London History

In the reign of Claudius (41-54 A.D.) the southern part of Britain
was made a Roman province, and London became a Roman
station. In the time of Constantine, about 306, the Romans 
fortified  and walled it, and it eventually became a great 
commercial city. At the Conquest London submitted to 
William, and received from him a charter, which is ‘still 
preserved. It also obtained charters from Henry 1, Stephen, 
Richard 1, and John. In the fifteenth century some of the 
principal streets were paved; the plague of sweating sickness 
raged in several years of the 18th century. The great plague, 
which lasted from December, 1664, to January, 1666, carried 
off about 69,000 persons. In 1606 the great fire brokeout,



and spread over 336 acres, destroying 14,200 houses, 
ninety churches, and many public buildings. Population 
and trade now rapidly increased. In the middle of the 
century the population was about 6OO,OOO. in l759 the
British Museum, founded on Sir Hans Sloane's 
collections purchased by the government, was opened. 
About this time the houses began to be numbered and 
the names of streets marked at the corners. In 1781 the 
Gordon riots took place, when the mob were in
possession of London for two days, and committed 
great havoc. In 1834 the old Houses of Parliament were
burned down; the present buildings were begun in 1840. In l851 the great  international exhibition was held in Hyde Park, and led to numerous exhibitions of a similar kind. Since then the history of London has been a story of continued growth and progress.

The best way to travel through London is by Tube
Underground). With 15!!!! different lines you always get where 
you want. Although to find out where you are and how to get to
your destination could take some time.

The man right on the photo was looking on the Tube Plan for 
quite a long time. The person in the middle had already figure 
it out. (pictuere above!)





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