The Anonymous Widower

Snippets From 1862

I’ve just bought a reprint of Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London, which was originally published in 1862.

It was bought in Waterstone’s in Islington, as a present for a friend’s birthday, but I spent most of my lunch in Carluccio’s round the corner reading it.  It is full of interesting information and some very surprising differences and facts.

1. Nelson’s Column is known as The Nelson Column.

2. The Houses of Parliament is known as the New Houses of Parliament, as it has just been built.

3. The Crystal Palace gets a lot of pages.

4. There is a lot of description of places anyone familiar with London would recognise.

5. Under rules for railway travellers, it says that passengers are forbidden to smoke on trains or in stations.  But obviously, it was acceptable for the engines to do this!

6.They also have a table of money of all nations. As Germany wasn’t yet united, they have separate rates for Hamburg, Prussia and the German States. The Swiss rate is given against one of their coins, which was a thirty-two franc.

More details on the book are given here.

April 17, 2014 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. I sounds fascinating, my gt gt grandfather first went to London about that time. I might get eBook, although I find I prefer paper books, real ones. I have Kindle on all of my devices, but not like reading a real book. Is however for great for reference books, I have lots of those on my phone!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. Ah! Now you need to start following where I am tramping London, guided by Mr Bradshaw!

    Comment by Candy Blackham | April 17, 2014 | Reply

    • It’s a fascinating book. And I wish you the best of luck in your walk!

      Comment by AnonW | April 17, 2014 | Reply

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