With a religious presence on the site reaching its thirteen-hundredth year upon the outbreak of war in 1914, St. Paul’s Cathedral (its latest iteration opened at the end of the seventeenth century) has been a feature of life in London, and on the…

Waterloo – the area and the railway station – featured prominently in the experience of Australian soldiers during their time in London in the First World War. Of the approximately 400,000 Australians that served in the war (416,809), many of these…

London Metropolitan Archive (hereafter, LMA), STBG/ME/085/003 'Stepney Board of Guardians: Mile End. Finance Committee minute book: 12 Dec 1911 - 15 Aug 1918' LMA STBG/ME/094/037 through STBG/ME/094/041 'Letters from Local Government Board…

From the turn of the twentieth century until the outbreak of the First World War, Americans flooded London each summer in their thousands, with many travelling for the sole purpose of shopping. Contemporary newspaper articles referred to this…

At about 10:30PM on the 23rd June 1919, an Australian soldier was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at Charing Cross. The events that followed were the epitome of the Australian camaraderie that was exhibited throughout the war. As the…

If you were walking along the Mile End Road a decade ago, you would have noted two public houses that, despite undergoing many drastic changes throghout the twentieth century, would still have been visible from the First World War. Sadly, this is no…

Baseball matches had been held sporadically in London since the turn of the twentieth century, with spectator figures fluctuating between a couple of hundred and a couple of thousand. This was until the baseball match held on the 4th July 1918…

The Brunner Mond Memorial stands on the site of the Brunner Mond Chemical Works. The memorial was moved from its original location under the Docklands Light Railway nearby in 2016. The Brunner Mond Chemical Works was an established factory long…

The explosion of 19th January 1917 was by no means the worst to occur in Britain’s TNT factories during the war, but it made a huge impact on its surrounding areas in East London. 73 people died after several hundred tons of TNT were accidentally…

This is the site of burial of chief chemist Andrea Angel, who had died during the explosion of the Brunner Mond factory. Posthumously awarded the Edward medal, Angel had stayed behind to help workers evacuate the site and lead firefighters to the…