Unknown London

Walter George BELL (1867 - 1942)

Herein you will find much concerning those things which everybody knows about, but nobody knows — the things you have known about since childhood, and have been content to leave them at that, knowing little of what they are and still less where they are to be found. I have dealt mostly with the big things that London has in its keeping, such as the Domesday Book (can you tell me off-hand where it is to be seen ?); with the Confessor's Shrine (of the crowds who enter Westminster Abbey there is a big leaven who do not even know that it is there); with the massive fragments of London's Roman Wall that still survive; with that spot in Smithfield where martyrs burnt and English history was made; with the Duke of Suffolk's head and its dramatic story; with our Roman baths; with London Stone and odd others. … The City of London — the innermost "square mile" — is the richest ground for historical associations in all our world Empire, and the greater pity, therefore, that it should be unknown. (Summary from the author’s Preface, 1919.)

Genre(s): History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Maria Kasper
00:05:33
Play 01 The Head of the Duke of Suffolk Maria Kasper
00:21:52
Play 02 Remains of the City Wall Greg Giordano
00:27:41
Play 03 The Shrine of Edward the Confessor Greg Giordano
00:33:59
Play 04 Ghosts in the Tower of London Maria Kasper
00:16:12
Play 05 The Domesday Book Maria Kasper
00:26:05
Play 06 An Old City Merchant's Mansion Greg Giordano
00:19:57
Play 07 London's Roman Baths Greg Giordano
00:11:25
Play 08 Wapping High Street Maria Kasper
00:28:49
Play 09 London Stone Maria Kasper
00:17:06
Play 10 The Bones of Men-Kau-Ra Greg Giordano
00:22:55
Play 11 The Baga de Secretis Greg Giordano
00:26:16
Play 12 London's Lost King Maria Kasper
00:11:30
Play 13 The Fires of Smithfield Maria Kasper
00:21:40
Play 14 Waxworks in the Abbey Greg Giordano
00:18:06
Play 15 A Lost Invention Greg Giordano
00:17:52
Play 16 Letters from London During the Great Plague Maria Kasper
00:27:54
Play 17 The Bells of St. Clement's Maria Kasper
00:13:58
Play 18 A London Household of A.D. 1337 Greg Giordano
00:11:13