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Battle of Turnham Green

This battle took place in November 1642 near the village of Turnham Green in the first few months of the English Civil War. The Parliamentary army, along with many ordinary Londoners rallied to prevent the forces of King Charles I take the city in an important strategic victory.

Paul’s Cross

The north-east corner of St Paul’s Churchyard was from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries a space where people came to gather and hear sermons preached from an open-air pulpit. During the fierce debates of the Reformation it was on the frontline of a vicious war of words.

Eastcheap

In medieval times, Eastcheap was the main meat market in the City of London, with butchers’ stalls lining both sides. It was also the location of Falstaff’s Boar’s Head Inn, featured in Shakespeare’s plays and the home to Nehemiah Wallington, the woodturner whose notebooks reveal a great deal about life in the seventeenth-century city.

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The Air Loom Villains

1797: from a cell in Bedlam, James Tilly Matthews believes a gang of villains are controlling politicians and nobility using the terrible Air Loom. Find out who they are and their plans for Britain’s downfall. [CW: mental illness, torture]