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War and its aftermath have affected in important ways the history of London and its people over the past three centuries. Patterns are distorted because of the predominance of war in London’s eighteenth century, its relative insignificance for much of the nineteenth century, and then its...
In the thirteenth century, the citizens of London claimed a special status as barons, but were subject to tallage, an arbitrary royal tax associated with serfs. The Londoners claimed that they should not pay tallage, or even that they had never paid it, despite evidence to the contrary, and that...
Thomas Middleton’s career in civic pageantry commenced at the very start of the seventeenth century, and it was consolidated in 1620 when he was appointed Chronologer of the City of London. Although the City Chronologer appointment was a token of the esteem in which Middleton was held in civic...
This paper proposes a reconstruction of the deanery of St Paul's Cathedral at the time of the death of John Donne (Dean 1621–1631). The reconstruction stems from two documents: Donne's will of 1631, and a survey of the deanery when it was in parliamentary hands in 1649. The will is remarkable...
The problems and issues which have arisen in respect of the present planning system in England have led to calls for a fundamental review of its scope, objectives and outcomes. In view of the growing importance of planning history this article reviews the LCC's approach to town planning between...
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