William Shakespeare, the Immortal Bard, died 401 years ago on 23 April 1616. We saw this memorial to the great English poet and playwright during our visit to London late last year. It’s in Southwark Cathedral (below).
Above the memorial there is a stained glass window which depicts many characters from Shakespeare’s plays.
Not surprisingly, Easter scenes are often depicted in the stained glass windows of churches. We saw these ones in St Pancras church in London – the crucifixion above and resurrection below.
Today is the anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson‘s great “Dictionary of the English Language” (aka Johnson’s Dictionary) on 15 April 1755. It remained the dictionary for the next 150 years.
We visited Johnson’s House during our visit to London six months ago. It is a nicely restored 18th century townhouse full of period furniture, Johnson memorabilia and books – including Johnson’s Dictionary of course.
We have a bit of a weakness for ancient artefacts, so we visited the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last time we were in London.
The varied and interesting exhibits in the museum include the striking hieroglyphics above and the bull headed god below. The exhibits on display are just part of the museum’s total collection of over 80,000 items.
We noticed these tiled murals in a pedestrian underpass in Dover, during our most recent visit to England.
They illustrate the maritime heritage of Dover from Roman times to the present. Note the White Cliffs in the background.
One of our favourite pastimes while walking around London is spotting these blue (or sometimes other colours) signs. They indicate places where famous people have lived. Hmmm, sounds like the world needs another Bertrand Russell right now!
Another Monopoly board location that we visited in London was King’s Cross station. The building was opened in 1852 and looks rather staid on the outside – but distinctly more modern inside.