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The Goldsmiths Company

Goldsmiths Hall

The Goldsmiths Company, founded in the 14th century, still plays an important role in society today. It maintains the Assay Office and the annual Pyx trial by which the nations currency is protected from being debased.

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Great Fire of London 1666

Great Fire of London 1666

The Great Fire of London 1666, swept through a city laden with tinder dry timber houses and quaysides storing oils, pitches, coal and timber. With a strong east wind the conditions were set fine for a terrifying blaze.

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The Tower of London.

The Tower of London still stands as a symbol for the strength and greatness of the city of London, occupying a position as afortress for nearly two thousand years.

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Intriguing London Streets Cecil Court

Learning about the history of London streets reveals a wealth of colourful characters, as they emerge from a variety of historical documents. One such location is Cecil Court, home over centuries to a host of colourful characters.

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Historic County Borders UK

Great resource of UK County Border data, available to download. This is a super resource for those wanting to take their family history a step further

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St Katherine’s Dock

Why would London’s poor fight to earn a pittance of 4d a day in London’s Docklands? Were your relatives building the docks, living in the slums or competing for the work?

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