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The flower shows of Bloomsbury

Visit the window-gardens of nineteenth century Herbrand Street to explore why an experimental flower show in 1860 was thought to be a solution for the poor living conditions of the working-class parishioners of St George’s, Bloomsbury.

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Discover the Spitalfields ‘Home of Industry’ where flowers were sent by train from the countryside to be distributed by the women of the Bible Flower Mission amongst the poor of the East End.

The Chubb Company Flower and Bird Show

What do the ‘Housing of the Working Classes Act’ of 1885, the Chubb Patent Lock and Safe Company, and a ‘laughing jackass’ have to do with one another? Find out in this short Viewpoint…

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St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell and the London Palimpsest

Peel back the centuries on a walk down St John’s Lane exploring the industrial, literary and religious histories of this street.