The value of independence in local politics

At a time when party politics can appear increasingly toxic, it is a strength of local politics in the City that the vast majority of City councillors do not operate on a party-political basis. It is vital that, on issues affecting local residents and workers, as well as stakeholders in other areas managed by theContinue reading “The value of independence in local politics”

Why I am standing in the City by-election on 24th July

I have been involved in City of London life since I first moved into a flat in Long Lane in 1997. My side of the street was then in Farringdon Without, boundary changes bringing it ‘Within’ a few years later. I subsequently moved out of the Ward, but continued to be closely involved with itContinue reading “Why I am standing in the City by-election on 24th July”

My pledges as a candidate in the City of London by-election in Farringdon Within

I will not make false or reckless promises just to get votes but, if elected, I will always be attentive to the concerns of residents and workers in the Ward and argue forcefully on their behalf for what can be achieved. I will work to make it easier for those who live and/or work inContinue reading “My pledges as a candidate in the City of London by-election in Farringdon Within”

21 February 1846: Marie Duplessis marries Count Edouard de Perrégaux

On this day in 1846 occurred one of the most enigmatic episodes in the brief life of the Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis  – her marriage to Count Edouard de Perrégaux at the Kensington Register Office in London. Marie had met Edouard a few years previously, at a masked ball at the Paris Opera House inContinue reading “21 February 1846: Marie Duplessis marries Count Edouard de Perrégaux”

20 February 1547: Coronation of Edward VI

On this day in 1547 Edward, the young son of the late King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour was crowned in Westminster Abbey, the event accompanied by much pageantry and celebration, as recorded by the Grey Friars Chronicler: Item the 20th day of the same month the said King Edward the SixthContinue reading “20 February 1547: Coronation of Edward VI”

19 February 1555: Writ for John Bradford’s execution withdrawn

On this day in 1555 the prominent Protestant preacher, John Bradford, who had been condemned to death for heresy on 30 January, had the writ for his execution temporarily withdrawn. He had expected to be executed in short order, but the authorities were delaying the carrying out of his sentence while they sought to findContinue reading “19 February 1555: Writ for John Bradford’s execution withdrawn”

18 February 1847: Mary Duplessis’s belongings up for sale

On this day in 1847 an announcement of the sale of the goods of the famed Parisian courtesan, Marie Duplessis, who had died only weeks earlier, appeared in Le Moniteur des Ventes. Viewing commenced at noon on the following Tuesday and the auction took place, in her apartment on the boulevard de la Madeleine, from WednesdayContinue reading “18 February 1847: Mary Duplessis’s belongings up for sale”

18 February 1533: Thomas Cromwell receives a letter

On this day in 1533 an Observant Franciscan lay brother by the name of Richard Lyst wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell, one in a series of letters denouncing a fellow Observant Franciscan, Friar John Forest. Cromwell had recruited Lyst as an informer in 1532, Lyst thereby becoming a small cog in Cromwell’s machinery toContinue reading “18 February 1533: Thomas Cromwell receives a letter”

18 February 1516: Birth of Mary Tudor

On this day in 1516 a child was born to Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon who would become known to history as ‘Bloody Mary’, the scourge of English Protestants, ultimately responsible for the death by burning of scores of her subjects with whom she had profound disagreements over matters of religion.Continue reading “18 February 1516: Birth of Mary Tudor”