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The Royal Westminster Aquarium

Come on a visit to the amusement halls of the Royal Westminster Aquarium where you’ll be in good company with educated dogs, ladies on bicycles, frozen flowers, and – possibly – some fish…

Geraniums, scripture, and some cold boiled potatoes…

Step into a Sunday School ‘Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition’ from 1889 in Peckham to hear a rather disparaging newspaper report on the children’s exhibits.

John Groom’s Flower Girls’ Mission

Discover the alley which housed the clubroom of the John Groom Watercress and Flower Girls’ Christian Mission from 1866, where flower women could go for an early morning breakfast-and-bible-lesson after buying their flowers at the market.

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Victorian Police Graffiti on Myddelton Passage, Clerkenwell, London

Although they may be easy to miss, Myddelton Passage in Clerkenwell contains a unique historical record as a series of numbers, letters and dates can be found carved into the brickwork on the left side of the passage, many of which were scratched onto the wall by officers of the London Metropolitan Police. The practice started at some point around the mid to late 19th century and continued until around the time of the First World War, with many of the carvings referring to personal collar numbers and divisions, carved by local Police Constables.