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Things you might not know about Soho’s Wardour Street

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Perhaps the most important street in the neighborhood, Wardour Street in Soho was once called Colmanhedge Lane and changed its name in honor of Sir Edward Wardour who owned land in the area and who managed to obtain fresh water for the street’s houses from a spring not far away from`sw12 Wardour Street was called Prince’s Street until 1878 when the whole street became the current street.

In this street there was the church of St Anne dating back to 1600 which was seriously bombed during the Second World War, now it is used as a community centre. Mystery writer Dorothy L Sayers is buried here.

Wardour Street is one-way street. At number 33 was the famous Flamingo club in the 50s and 60s, which became an important venue for the mods of the time. Oddly enough, the Flamingo didn’t sell alcoholic beverages.

The history of Wardour Street in Soho

The street also existed in medieval times but was developed, like many parts of Soho in the late 1600s and became a centre for building and selling furniture and antiques and in the  early 1800s there were also many used book shops. Many houses were rebuilt in the early 1800s.

After the Second World War, Wardour Street in Soho became an area for movie distributors, nightclubs and live music venues. In this street was the legendary Marquee which was the place that launched dozens and dozens of musicians from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols, almost all of them played here in their early days It was located until 1988 at 80 Wardour Street in Soho. Jimi Hendrix only played once in 1967 after the success at the Monterey festival, the queue for tickets went all the way to Cambridge Circus!

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Photos of dancers melting into London

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We have already talked about this photographer, it is once again about Luke Agbaimoni who not only photographs the London Underground but now has a new project called Forms of the City

This project is also based in London and this time it explores the interactions between architecture and dance and yoga exercise. It is a way of reviewing certain shapes that we see when we go around London and maybe we don’t even notice.

From Notting Hill and the Tube to Greenwich and even the London Eye via King’s Cross, a way to rediscover London’s shapes and patterns in a completely different way.

 

Obviously the best way to appreciate these photos for now is to look at his  w ebsite

Also check his Twitter and Instagram A photographer to really keep an eye on.

 

 

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Animals found in London; from squirrels to parakeets

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We all know that there are many animals in London, some they have lived here for a long time, others have adapted well and increased their numbers making life difficult for other species that have been here for a long time.
 
London is a city with diverse and abundant wild animals. Consequently, there are many animals that can be seen in the city. During the coronavirus lockdown, many of these animals became even more adventurous, probably wondering where we had all gone.
 

Squirrels in London

 

 
The so-called fur-tailed rats are seen everywhere. They rummage through the garbage, climb the walls of the situations and sometimes even enter through the window. But they are cute and very photogenic. The squirrel you see in London is the grey or Eastern Gray, imported from the United States in the nineteenth century. It is much more robust than the red squirrel, which was the native squirrel of Great Britain, and for this has stolen its habitat. Now there are few reds in a few parts of Great Britain and none are seen in London.
Gray squirrels eat about twice their weight every day and they are not picky about what they eat. They will also eat the products of your garden without scruples. They are found in practically all parks in London
 

Foxes in London

 

A real case of overpopulation, in fact not infrequently they are seen on the sidewalks and do not escape the view of man. To survive and find food, they must be more and more intrusive and courageous. There are standing cases of foxes entering the instances through the back door and a few small young children being attacked.
London has the most high population of foxes in the UK, with a population estimated to be over 10. 000 The animals they are most commonly seen in north London, where they are often found gathering food from bins and gardens and hunting rats. Foxes are thought to have arrived in London during the Victorian era when they were brought from the continent to be hunted.
Foxes live around people and have learned to live together disadvantage them. They are not afraid of humans and are not hostile. Foxes, like other animals that live in urban areas, face many challenges. They must find food in a human-dominated environment where food is often scarce.
 

Animals in London: Herons

 

The heron is a large, wading bird common throughout the world. It is characterized by long legs and neck and slow, deliberate movements. The habitat of the heron is usually close to water, such as a river, lake or swamp. The heron can be found in London The one found in London is the gray heron. Being a hunter he is quite smart, even the herons of Regent’s Park know what time penguins and other animals in the zoo that eat fish and go to feed are fed in the cage in question about ten minutes before meals. Herons have a long history of being associated with the royal family, such as when Henry VIII of England had a heronry.

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Egyptian geese

 

They are called Egyptian geese , but in reality they are big ducks. They were introduced as decoration in ponds in parks and have reproduced too much. Now regular ducks compete with advantage. A goose, dubbed “Betsy” by locals, was found in a club parking lot near Hounslow , West London. . Betsy is now looking for other Egyptian geese in the area to price friendship and find a mate.
 

Parakeets in London

 

The famous parrots have a mysterious origin, they probably escaped from some home even if there are various theories. One says they come from the collection of the movie ‘The Queen of Africa’ with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, the other says they all come from a pair of budgies released by Jimi Hendrix. In any case, there are now many and they are damaging the habitat, devouring the leaves and flowers of trees.
 

Swans in London

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All swans belong to the queen. In addition to white swans (there are about 100 adult couples) living here black swans are also seen and in winter different types of swans that come to winter from Siberia. Some of these Siberian swans that in Italian are called lesser swans have settled here, perhaps they did not want to return to Siberia The swans of London are not originally from London. They are conditions brought from France in the Middle Ages to provide food for the royal family. London swans now enjoy crown protection and are a protected species. Swans can be found on the River Thames, in Hyde Park, Minister’s Park and in suburban ponds and rivers.

Deer and fallow deer

 

They are found at the same free in several parks especially in Richmond Park, Holland Park and Bushy Park. But now they are found in many suburban parks and wandering around at night in residential neighborhoods.
The deer population in London, UK is increasing. It is reported that there are about 400 – 600 deer living in the city, they generally don’t cause problems, but they can be aggressive during their mating season and can be dangerous if they end up on the street.
 
 
Animals in London: Canada Goose

 

 
This is a real goose and not a duck, introduced from North America approx. 300 years ago and has since settled in many areas of the British Isles, including London. So much so that in many places it is considered harmful. You will see it around the ponds of practically all the parks in London. Geese mate for life and live in long-term monogamous relationships. For this reason it is rare to see a goose with more than one mate. Geese form strong family bonds, especially between parents and their young.
 

Magpies in London

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The number of magpies in London is increased by 120% in the lasts 30 years. They are large, noisy and rather intelligent birds. They have a bad reputation for using their arrogance and passion for shiny objects, but watch them for a while, they have a very interesting demeanor. Magpies are intelligent birds that will often use tools to get food. They also have a wide variety of vocalizations which are used to communicate with other members of their species and warn others of danger. Also note how they warn the group if a cat approaches!

Animals in London: Pigeons

I am less than once seen in places like Trafalgar Square you can’t risk feeding these birds from the 2003, it is now effectively a crime. They also placed anti-pigeon spikes on the buildings around the square. Also there are hawks who have been trained to hunt them. But there are always pigeons in London, in addition to the usual citizens there are also many pigeons and collar doves which are always relatives of pigeons.

Pigeons can be a real nuisance , especially in large cities where they can often be seen on roofs, ledges and window sills. Pigeons are attracted to food and water and if they see these things they will often stay in the same place for a lot of peace. Pigeons also produce droppings which can lead to stains on buildings and can also carry diseases such as histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis.

Ducks in London

 

Besides the mallard you will see a great variety of ducks, some are imported because they are attractive such as the mandarin duck or the bride duck, others pass by them during migrations and sometimes, as in the case of swans, they decide to stop.
 
There are also animals that are seen less often as birds of prey, cormorants, owls, bats, badgers and hedgehogs but which still probably exist in a good number. Less common, but not very rare, are seals along the Thames.

 

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Peterborough Cathedral, a Gothic marvel

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Peterborough Cathedral is considered among the most beautiful cathedrals in England, it will surely impress you starting with the magnificent Gothic facade. Architecturally it is considered a unique and never repeated example of English Gothic.

Peterborough Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew is a cathedral of the Church of England, seat of the Bishop of Peterborough. The cathedral is the third cathedral to be built on this site. The first cathedral was founded in 655, with the second successive building in 793 The cathedral has a long and complicated history. It is also one of the few English cathedrals to have been designed since its construction.

The cathedral is built in the Norman style with a cruciform shape. It consists of a nave and a presbytery, side chapels and a tower at the western end. The tower is in two phases, the lower one is square and the upper one octagonal.

The cathedral dates back to 1118, as expected it took years to complete.

 

Peterborough Cathedral ceiling

The painted wooden ceiling, even this almost unique in fact there are only 4 similar ones in the world, was completed in 1250 It has a very interesting and complex style, with many details. The cathedral ceiling is known for its vaulted wooden roof, originally built by Anglo-Norman masons in the 1100 and renewed in 1800 The roof consists of two semicircular domes, with an octagonal lantern among them. The structure is supported by a central pillar with eight stone pillars on each side. The ceiling is finely decorated with carved oak panels, painted and gilded plaster and stained glass windows.

The ceiling is divided into two parts: the upper part shows scenes from the Old Testament and the lower part shows scenes from the New Testament. The series of paintings at the bottom of the ceiling are painted in a grisaille style, while those at the top of the ceiling are painted in a more colorful style. The ceiling is decorated with a series of paintings depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling, completed in 1879 followed the original style it had the triangles in three overlapping layers, but the ending version consists of only two layers. The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling was created by British architect George Frederick Bodley. The project is based on a similar one for the windows of the nave, which he had seen in a cathedral in France.

The ceiling certainly helps an attempt that sense of lightness you find inside of the cathedral, which manages to be majestic and humble in one fell swoop.

The Cathedral Towers

The main tower of the Peterborough Cathedral was completed in 1350 – 1380 and is in a Gothic style with traces of Romanesque and was rebuilt piece by piece in the 1800 The tower is a Norman project. The tower of the cathedral is a landmark for the city and a popular tourist destination.

The tower is built mainly of limestone, with some brick and ashlar in the bathroom. It has a square plan with a protruding entrance veranda and is surmounted by an octagonal spire with weather vane. The tower is the tallest in the city and, a 64 meters high, it is one of the tallest of British cathedrals.

 

The tomb of Catherine of Aragon

The cathedral is also known as a resting place of Catherine of Aragon, who lived since 1350 to the 1536 and was the first wife of Henry VIII, King of England. Catherine of Aragon was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on November 2 1380

You cannot lose it, many still leave us the flowers even though it has been dead for centuries. For a time, even Maria Stuarda was buried here. Later her son who became King James I moved her to Westminster Abbey.

One peace Peterborough Cathedral housed the relics of several saints including St Thomas Becket. Disadvantage the dissolution of the monasteries of Henry VIII all these relics were destroyed or were lost.

The cathedral is asymmetrical, in fact one of the two towers located just behind the great facade never completed. The asymmetry is only noticeable for a certain distance.

How to get to Peterborough Cathedral

You can much enter the Peterborough Cathedral visit on a day trip from London. It is about an hour by train and about 2 hours by bus on the National Express which often offers very discounted prices.

Peterborough Cathedral is located on the south bank of the River Nene. It is within walking distance of the train station. The cathedral is open to visitors and has a café and keepsake shop.

 

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