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Unlikely Neighbours in Tavistock Place

Two blue plaques, almost side-by-side in Tavistock Place, commemorate very different people. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the USSR with no sense of humour, and Jerome K Jerome, a British humourist with a sceptical take on Socialism.

Crime on the Regent’s Canal

An account – given to Iain Sinclair in 1992 and written up in his 2009 book “Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire” – by Tony Lambrianou, East End criminal and associate of the Kray twins, about the role of the Regent’s Canal in the murder of Jack McVitie in 1967, and in East End crime more widely.

Image credits: © Copyright Ian S https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6381862; By Open Media Ltd. – Open Media Ltd, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=94384749

The Golden Boy at Cock Lane

The statue of the Golden Boy marks the spot where the Great Fire of London was finally stopped. It sits at the corner of Cock Lane in Smithfield, so-named because of the many brothels lining the street.

The Church of St. Mawnan, Cornwall

The parish church of Mawnan in Cornwall has far older Christian foundations than its medieval architecture suggests.