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London
London
(the capital city of England
England
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
) has a history going back over 2,000 years. In that time, it has grown to one of the most significant financial and cultural capitals on Earth. It has experienced plague , devastating fire , civil war , aerial bombardment , terrorist attacks , and widespread rioting . The City of London
London
is its historic core and today is its primary financial district, though it now represents a tiny part of the wider metropolis of Greater London
London
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Legendary foundations and prehistory

* 2 Early history

* 2.1 Roman London
London
(43-410 CE) * 2.2 Anglo-Saxon London (5th century – 1066 CE) * 2.3 Norman and Medieval London (1066 – late 15th century)

* 3 Modern history

* 3.1 Tudor London (1485–1603)

* 3.2 Stuart London (1603–1714)

* 3.2.1 Great Fire of London
London
(1666)

* 3.3 18th century * 3.4 19th century

* 3.5 20th century

* 3.5.1 1900 to 1939 * 3.5.2 In World War II
World War II
* 3.5.3 1945–2000

* 3.6 21st century * 3.7 Population

* 4 Historical sites of note * 5 See also * 6 Notes

* 7 Further reading

* 7.1 Environment * 7.2 Historiography * 7.3 Older histories * 7.4 Archival and academic digital projects

* 8 External links

LEGENDARY FOUNDATIONS AND PREHISTORY

According to the legendary Historia Regum Britanniae , by Geoffrey of Monmouth , London
London
was founded by Brutus of Troy about 1000–1100 B.C. after he defeated the native giant Gogmagog ; the settlement was known as Caer Troia, Troia Nova (Latin for New Troy
Troy
), which, according to a pseudo-etymology, was corrupted to Trinovantum . Trinovantes were the Iron Age
Iron Age
tribe who inhabited the area prior to the Romans. Geoffrey provides prehistoric London
London
with a rich array of legendary kings, such as Lud (see also Lludd, from Welsh mythology ) who, he claims, renamed the town Caer Ludein, from which London
London
was derived, and was buried at Ludgate
Ludgate
.

However, despite intensive excavations, archaeologists have found no evidence of a prehistoric major settlement in the area. There have been scattered prehistoric finds, evidence of farming, burial and traces of habitation, but nothing more substantial. It is now considered unlikely that a pre-Roman city existed, but as some of the Roman city remains unexcavated, it is still just possible that some major settlement may yet be discovered. London
London
was most likely a rural area with scattered settlement. Rich finds such as the Battersea Shield , found in the Thames
Thames
near Chelsea, suggest the area was important; there may have been important settlements at Egham
Egham
and Brentford , and there was a hillfort at Uphall Camp, Ilford , but no city in the area of the Roman London, the present day City of London.

Some recent discoveries indicate probable very early settlements near the Thames
Thames
in the London
London
area. In 1999, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found, again on the foreshore south of Vauxhall Bridge. This bridge either crossed the Thames, or went to a now lost island in the river. Dendrology dated the timbers to 1500BCE. In 2001 a further dig found that the timbers were driven vertically into the ground on the south bank of the Thames
Thames
west of Vauxhall Bridge . In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to 4000BCE, were found on the Thames
Thames
foreshore, south of Vauxhall Bridge . The function of the mesolithic structure is not known. All these structures are on the south bank at a natural crossing point where the River Effra flows into the Thames.

Numerous finds have been made of spear heads and weaponry from the Bronze and Iron Ages near the banks of the Thames
Thames
in the London
London
area, many of which had clearly been used in battle. This suggests that the Thames
Thames
was an important tribal boundary.

EARLY HISTORY

ROMAN LONDON (43-410 CE)

Main article: Roman London
London
Carausius
Carausius
coin from Londinium
Londinium
mint. Medal of Constantius I capturing London
London
(inscribed as LON) in 296 after defeating Allectus
Allectus
. Beaurains hoard.

Londinium
Londinium
was established as a civilian town by the Romans about seven years after the invasion of CE 43 . London, like Rome, was founded on the point of the river where it was narrow enough to bridge and the strategic location of the city provided easy access to much of Europe. Early Roman London
London
occupied a relatively small area, roughly equivalent to the size of Hyde Park . In around CE 60, it was destroyed by the Iceni
Iceni
led by their queen Boudica . The city was quickly rebuilt as a planned Roman town and recovered after perhaps 10 years, the city growing rapidly over the following decades.

During the 2nd century Londinium
Londinium
was at its height and replaced Colchester as the capital of Roman Britain
Roman Britain
(Britannia). Its population was around 60,000 inhabitants. It boasted major public buildings, including the largest basilica north of the Alps, temples , bath houses , an amphitheatre and a large fort for the city garrison. Political instability and recession from the 3rd century onwards led to a slow decline.

At some time between 180 and 225 CE the Romans built the defensive London
London
Wall around the landward side of the city. The wall was about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) long, 6 metres (20 ft) high, and 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) thick. The wall would survive for another 1,600 years and define the City of London
London
's perimeters for centuries to come. The perimeters of the present City are roughly defined by the line of the ancient wall.

Londonium was an ethnically diverse city with inhabitants from across the Roman Empire, including natives of Britannia, continental Europe , the Middle East
Middle East
, and North Africa
North Africa
.

In the late 3rd century, Londinium
Londinium
was raided on several occasions by Saxon pirates. This led, from around 255 onwards, to the construction of an additional riverside wall. Six of the traditional seven city gates of London
London
are of Roman origin, namely: Ludgate
Ludgate
, Newgate
Newgate
, Aldersgate , Cripplegate
Cripplegate
, Bishopsgate
Bishopsgate
and Aldgate ( Moorgate is the exception, being of medieval origin).

By the 5th century the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
was in rapid decline, and in 410 CE the Roman occupation of Britain came to an end. Following this, the Roman city also went into rapid decline and by the end of the 5th century was practically abandoned.

ANGLO-SAXON LONDON (5TH CENTURY – 1066 CE)

Main article: Anglo-Saxon London

Until recently it was believed that Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
settlement initially avoided the area immediately around Londinium. However, the discovery in 2008 of an Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
cemetery at Covent Garden
Covent Garden
indicates that the incomers had begun to settle there at least as early as the 6th century and possibly in the 5th. The main focus of this settlement was outside the Roman walls, clustering a short distance to the west along what is now the Strand , between the Aldwych
Aldwych
and Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
. It was known as Lundenwic, the -wic suffix here denoting a trading settlement. Recent excavations have also highlighted the population density and relatively sophisticated urban organisation of this earlier Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
London, which was laid out on a grid pattern and grew to house a likely population of 10-12,000.

Early Anglo-Saxon London belonged to a people known as the Middle Saxons , from whom the name of the county of Middlesex
Middlesex
is derived, but who probably also occupied the approximate area of modern Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
and Surrey
Surrey
. However, by the early 7th century the London
London
area had been incorporated into the kingdom of the East Saxons . In 604 King Saeberht of Essex converted to Christianity and London received Mellitus , its first post-Roman bishop.

At this time Essex
Essex
was under the overlordship of King Æthelberht of Kent
Kent
, and it was under Æthelberht's patronage that Mellitus founded the first St. Paul\'s Cathedral , traditionally said to be on the site of an old Roman Temple of Diana (although Christopher Wren found no evidence of this). It would have only been a modest church at first and may well have been destroyed after he was expelled from the city by Saeberht's pagan successors.

The permanent establishment of Christianity in the East Saxon kingdom took place in the reign of King Sigeberht II in the 650s. During the 8th century the kingdom of Mercia
Mercia
extended its dominance over south-eastern England, initially through overlordship which at times developed into outright annexation. London
London
seems to have come under direct Mercian control in the 730s. Silver coin of Alfred, with the legend ÆLFRED REX Statue of Alfred the Great at Winchester , erected 1899

Viking
Viking
attacks dominated most of the 9th century, becoming increasingly common from around 830 onwards. London
London
was sacked in 842 and again in 851. The Danish " Great Heathen Army ", which had rampaged across England
England
since 865, wintered in London
London
in 871. The city remained in Danish hands until 886, when it was captured by the forces of King Alfred the Great of Wessex
Wessex
and reincorporated into Mercia, then governed under Alfred's sovereignty by his son-in-law Ealdorman Æthelred . Plaque in the City of London
London
noting the re-establishment of the Roman walled city

Around this time the focus of settlement moved within the old Roman walls for the sake of defence, and the city became known as Lundenburh . The Roman walls were repaired and the defensive ditch re-cut, while the bridge was probably rebuilt at this time. A second fortified Borough
Borough
was established on the south bank at Southwark
Southwark
, the Suthringa Geworc (defensive work of the men of Surrey
Surrey
). The old settlement of Lundenwic became known as the ealdwic or "old settlement", a name which survives today as Aldwich.

From this point, the City of London
London
began to develop its own unique local government. Following Ethelred's death in 911 it was transferred to Wessex, preceding the absorption of the rest of Mercia
Mercia
in 918. Although it faced competition for political pre-eminence in the united Kingdom of England
England
from the traditional West Saxon centre of Winchester
Winchester
, London's size and commercial wealth brought it a steadily increasing importance as a focus of governmental activity. King Athelstan held many meetings of the witan in London
London
and issued laws from there, while King Æthelred the Unready issued the Laws of London there in 978.

Following the resumption of Viking
Viking
attacks in the reign of Ethelred, London
London
was unsuccessfully attacked in 994 by an army under King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark. As English resistance to the sustained and escalating Danish onslaught finally collapsed in 1013, London
London
repulsed an attack by the Danes and was the last place to hold out while the rest of the country submitted to Sweyn, but by the end of the year it too capitulated and Æthelred fled abroad. Sweyn died just five weeks after having been proclaimed king and Æthelred was restored to the throne, but Sweyn's son Cnut returned to the attack in 1015.

After Æthelred's death at London
London
in 1016 his son Edmund Ironside
Edmund Ironside
was proclaimed king there by the witangemot and left to gather forces in Wessex. London
London
was then subjected to a systematic siege by Cnut but was relieved by King Edmund's army; when Edmund again left to recruit reinforcements in Wessex
Wessex
the Danes resumed the siege but were again unsuccessful. However, following his defeat at the Battle of Assandun Edmund ceded to Cnut all of England
England
north of the Thames, including London, and his death a few weeks later left Cnut in control of the whole country.

A Norse saga tells of a battle when King Æthelred returned to attack Danish-occupied London. According to the saga, the Danes lined London Bridge and showered the attackers with spears. Undaunted, the attackers pulled the roofs off nearby houses and held them over their heads in the boats. Thus protected, they were able to get close enough to the bridge to attach ropes to the piers and pull the bridge down, thus ending the Viking
Viking
occupation of London. This story presumably relates to Æthelred's return to power after Sweyn's death in 1014, but there is no strong evidence of any such struggle for control of London
London
on that occasion.

Following the extinction of Cnut's dynasty in 1042 English rule was restored under Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
. He was responsible for the foundation of Westminster Abbey and spent much of his time at Westminster
Westminster
, which from this time steadily supplanted the City itself as the centre of government. Edward's death at Westminster
Westminster
in 1066 without a clear heir led to a succession dispute and the Norman conquest of England
England
. Earl Harold Godwinson was elected king by the witangemot and crowned in Westminster Abbey but was defeated and killed by William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings . The surviving members of the witan met in London
London
and elected King Edward's young nephew Edgar the Ætheling as king.

The Normans advanced to the south bank of the Thames
Thames
opposite London, where they defeated an English attack and burned Southwark
Southwark
but were unable to storm the bridge. They moved upstream and crossed the river at Wallingford before advancing on London
London
from the north-west. The resolve of the English leadership to resist collapsed and the chief citizens of London
London
went out together with the leading members of the Church and aristocracy to submit to William at Berkhamstead , although according to some accounts there was a subsequent violent clash when the Normans reached the city. Having occupied London, William was crowned king in Westminster
Westminster
Abbey.

NORMAN AND MEDIEVAL LONDON (1066 – LATE 15TH CENTURY)

Main article: Norman and Medieval London A depiction of the imprisonment of Charles, Duke of Orléans , in the Tower of London from a 15th-century manuscript.

The new Norman regime established new fortresses within the city to dominate the native population. By far the most important of these was the Tower of London
London
at the eastern end of the city, where the initial timber fortification was rapidly replaced by the construction of the first stone castle in England. The smaller forts of Baynard\'s Castle and Montfichet\'s Castle were also established along the waterfront. King William also granted a charter in 1067 confirming the city's existing rights, privileges and laws. Its growing self-government was consolidated by the election rights granted by King John in 1199 and 1215.

In 1097 William Rufus , the son of William the Conqueror began the construction of ' Westminster
Westminster
Hall', which became the focus of the Palace of Westminster
Westminster
.

In 1176 construction began of the most famous incarnation of London Bridge (completed in 1209) which was built on the site of several earlier timber bridges. This bridge would last for 600 years, and remained the only bridge across the River Thames
Thames
until 1739.

In 1216 during the First Barons\' War London
London
was occupied by Prince Louis of France , who had been called in by the baronial rebels against King John and was acclaimed as King of England
England
in St Paul\'s Cathedral . However, following John's death in 1217 Louis's supporters reverted to their Plantagenet allegiance, rallying round John's son Henry III , and Louis was forced to withdraw from England.

Over the following centuries, London
London
would shake off the heavy French cultural and linguistic influence which had been there since the times of the Norman conquest. The city would figure heavily in the development of Early Modern English . London
London
in 1300.

During the Peasants\' Revolt of 1381 London
London
was invaded by rebels led by Wat Tyler
Wat Tyler
. A group of peasants stormed the Tower of London
London
and executed the Lord Chancellor , Archbishop Simon Sudbury , and the Lord Treasurer . The peasants looted the city and set fire to numerous buildings. Tyler was stabbed to death by the Lord Mayor William Walworth in a confrontation at Smithfield and the revolt collapsed.

Trade increased steadily during the Middle Ages, and London
London
grew rapidly as a result. In 1100 London's population was somewhat more than 15,000. By 1300 it had grown to roughly 80,000. London
London
lost at least half of its population during the Black Death in the mid-14th century, but its economic and political importance stimulated a rapid recovery despite further epidemics. Trade in London
London
was organised into various guilds , which effectively controlled the city, and elected the Lord Mayor of the City of London
London
.

Medieval London
London
was made up of narrow and twisting streets, and most of the buildings were made from combustible materials such as timber and straw, which made fire a constant threat, while sanitation in cities was of low-quality.

MODERN HISTORY

TUDOR LONDON (1485–1603)

Main article: Tudor London

WYNGAERDE\'S "PANORAMA OF LONDON IN 1543"

John Norden 's map of London
London
in 1593. There is only one bridge across the Thames, but parts of Southwark
Southwark
on the south bank of the river have been developed.

During the Reformation , London
London
was the principal early centre of Protestantism in England. Its close commercial connections with the Protestant
Protestant
heartlands in northern continental Europe, large foreign mercantile communities, disproportionately large number of literate inhabitants and role as the centre of the English print trade all contributed to the spread of the new ideas of religious reform. Before the Reformation, more than half of the area of London
London
was the property of monasteries , nunneries and other religious houses.

Henry VIII 's "Dissolution of the Monasteries " had a profound effect on the city as nearly all of this property changed hands. The process started in the mid 1530s, and by 1538 most of the larger monastic houses had been abolished. Holy Trinity Aldgate went to Lord Audley , and the Marquess of Winchester
Winchester
built himself a house in part of its precincts. The Charterhouse went to Lord North, Blackfriars to Lord Cobham , the leper hospital of St Giles to Lord Dudley, while the king took for himself the leper hospital of St James, which was rebuilt as St James\'s Palace .

The period saw London
London
rapidly rising in importance amongst Europe's commercial centres. Trade expanded beyond Western Europe to Russia, the Levant, and the Americas. This was the period of mercantilism and monopoly trading companies such as the Muscovy Company
Muscovy Company
(1555) and the British East India Company (1600) were established in London
London
by Royal Charter. The latter, which ultimately came to rule India, was one of the key institutions in London, and in Britain as a whole, for two and a half centuries. Immigrants arrived in London
London
not just from all over England
England
and Wales, but from abroad as well, for example Huguenots
Huguenots
from France; the population rose from an estimated 50,000 in 1530 to about 225,000 in 1605. The growth of the population and wealth of London was fuelled by a vast expansion in the use of coastal shipping.

The late 16th and early 17th century saw the great flourishing of drama in London
London
whose preeminent figure was William Shakespeare . During the mostly calm later years of Elizabeth's reign, some of her courtiers and some of the wealthier citizens of London
London
built themselves country residences in Middlesex
Middlesex
, Essex
Essex
and Surrey
Surrey
. This was an early stirring of the villa movement, the taste for residences which were neither of the city nor on an agricultural estate, but at the time of Elizabeth's death in 1603, London
London
was still very compact. The "Woodcut" map of London
London
of c.1561.

Xenophobia was rampant in London, and increased after the 1580s. Many immigrants became disillusioned by routine threats of violence and molestation, attempts at expulsion of foreigners, and the great difficulty in acquiring English citizenship. Dutch cities proved more hospitable, and many left London
London
permanently. Foreigners are estimated to have made up 4,000 of the 100,000 residents of London
London
by 1600, many being Dutch and German workers and traders.

STUART LONDON (1603–1714)

Main article: Stuart London A panorama of London
London
by Claes Jansz. Visscher , 1616. Old St Paul\'s had lost its spire by this time. The two theatres on the foreground (Southwark) side of the Thames
Thames
are The Bear Garden and The Globe . The large church in the foreground is St Mary Overie, now Southwark
Southwark
Cathedral .

London's expansion beyond the boundaries of the City was decisively established in the 17th century. In the opening years of that century the immediate environs of the City, with the principal exception of the aristocratic residences in the direction of Westminster, were still considered not conducive to health. Immediately to the north was Moorfields
Moorfields
, which had recently been drained and laid out in walks, but it was frequented by beggars and travellers, who crossed it in order to get into London. Adjoining Moorfields
Moorfields
were Finsbury
Finsbury
Fields, a favourite practising ground for the archers, Mile End , then a common on the Great Eastern Road and famous as a rendezvous for the troops.

The preparations for King James I becoming king were interrupted by a severe plague epidemic, which may have killed over thirty thousand people. The Lord Mayor\'s Show , which had been discontinued for some years, was revived by order of the king in 1609. The dissolved monastery of the Charterhouse , which had been bought and sold by the courtiers several times, was purchased by Thomas Sutton for £13,000. The new hospital, chapel, and schoolhouse were begun in 1611. Charterhouse School
Charterhouse School
was to be one of the principal public schools in London
London
until it moved to Surrey
Surrey
in Victorian times, and the site is still used as a medical school .

The general meeting-place of Londoners in the day-time was the nave of Old St. Paul\'s Cathedral . Merchants conducted business in the aisles, and used the font as a counter upon which to make their payments; lawyers received clients at their particular pillars; and the unemployed looked for work. St Paul's Churchyard was the centre of the book trade and Fleet Street
Fleet Street
was a centre of public entertainment. Under James I the theatre, which established itself so firmly in the latter years of Elizabeth, grew further in popularity. The performances at the public theatres were complemented by elaborate masques at the royal court and at the inns of court.

Charles I acceded to the throne in 1625. During his reign, aristocrats began to inhabit the West End in large numbers. In addition to those who had specific business at court, increasing numbers of country landowners and their families lived in London
London
for part of the year simply for the social life. This was the beginning of the " London
London
season". Lincoln\'s Inn Fields was built about 1629. The piazza of Covent Garden
Covent Garden
, designed by England's first classically trained architect Inigo Jones followed in about 1632. The neighbouring streets were built shortly afterwards, and the names of Henrietta, Charles, James, King and York Streets were given after members of the royal family. Chronicler of Stuart London, Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
.

In January 1642 five members of parliament whom the King wished to arrest were granted refuge in the City. In August of the same year the King raised his banner at Nottingham
Nottingham
, and during the English Civil War London
London
took the side of the parliament. Initially the king had the upper hand in military terms and in November he won the Battle of Brentford a few miles to the west of London. The City organised a new makeshift army and Charles hesitated and retreated. Subsequently, an extensive system of fortifications was built to protect London
London
from a renewed attack by the Royalists. This comprised a strong earthen rampart, enhanced with bastions and redoubts. It was well beyond the City walls and encompassed the whole urban area, including Westminster and Southwark. London
London
was not seriously threatened by the royalists again, and the financial resources of the City made an important contribution to the parliamentarians' victory in the war.

The unsanitary and overcrowded City of London
London
has suffered from the numerous outbreaks of the plague many times over the centuries, but in Britain it is the last major outbreak which is remembered as the "Great Plague " It occurred in 1665 and 1666 and killed around 60,000 people, which was one fifth of the population. Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
chronicled the epidemic in his diary. On 4 September 1665 he wrote "I have stayed in the city till above 7400 died in one week, and of them about 6000 of the plague, and little noise heard day or night but tolling of bells."

Great Fire Of London
London
(1666)

Main article: Great Fire of London
London

The Great Plague was immediately followed by another catastrophe, albeit one which helped to put an end to the plague. On the Sunday, 2 September 1666 the Great Fire of London
London
broke out at one o'clock in the morning at a bakery in Pudding Lane in the southern part of the City. Fanned by an eastern wind the fire spread, and efforts to arrest it by pulling down houses to make firebreaks were disorganised to begin with. On Tuesday night the wind fell somewhat, and on Wednesday the fire slackened. On Thursday it was extinguished, but on the evening of that day the flames again burst forth at the Temple. Some houses were at once blown up by gunpowder, and thus the fire was finally mastered. The Monument
The Monument
was built to commemorate the fire: for over a century and a half it bore an inscription attributing the conflagration to a "popish frenzy". John Evelyn 's plan for the rebuilding of London
London
after the Great Fire.

The fire destroyed about 60% of the City, including Old St Paul\'s Cathedral , 87 parish churches, 44 livery company halls and the Royal Exchange . However, the number of lives lost was surprisingly small; it is believed to have been 16 at most. Within a few days of the fire, three plans were presented to the king for the rebuilding of the city, by Christopher Wren , John Evelyn and Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
.

Wren proposed to build main thoroughfares north and south, and east and west, to insulate all the churches in conspicuous positions, to form the most public places into large piazzas, to unite the halls of the 12 chief livery companies into one regular square annexed to the Guildhall , and to make a fine quay on the bank of the river from Blackfriars to the Tower of London
London
. Wren wished to build the new streets straight and in three standard widths of thirty, sixty and ninety feet. Evelyn's plan differed from Wren's chiefly in proposing a street from the church of St Dunstan\'s in the East to the St Paul's, and in having no quay or terrace along the river. These plans were not implemented, and the rebuilt city generally followed the streetplan of the old one, and most of it has survived into the 21st century. Richard Blome 's map of London
London
(1673). The development of the West End had recently begun to accelerate.

Nonetheless, the new City was different from the old one. Many aristocratic residents never returned, preferring to take new houses in the West End, where fashionable new districts such as St. James\'s were built close to the main royal residence, which was Whitehall Palace until it was destroyed by fire in the 1690s, and thereafter St. James\'s Palace . The rural lane of Piccadilly
Piccadilly
sprouted courtiers mansions such as Burlington House
Burlington House
. Thus the separation between the middle class mercantile City of London, and the aristocratic world of the court in Westminster
Westminster
became complete.

In the City itself there was a move from wooden buildings to stone and brick construction to reduce the risk of fire. Parliament's Rebuilding of London
London
Act 1666 stated "building with brick not only more comely and durable, but also more safe against future perils of fire". From then on only doorcases, window-frames and shop fronts were allowed to be made of wood.

Christopher Wren's plan for a new model London
London
came to nothing, but he was appointed to rebuild the ruined parish churches and to replace St Paul\'s Cathedral . His domed baroque cathedral was the primary symbol of London
London
for at least a century and a half. As city surveyor, Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
oversaw the reconstruction of the City's houses. The East End , that is the area immediately to the east of the city walls, also became heavily populated in the decades after the Great Fire. London's docks began to extend downstream, attracting many working people who worked on the docks themselves and in the processing and distributive trades. These people lived in Whitechapel
Whitechapel
, Wapping , Stepney and Limehouse , generally in slum conditions.

In the winter of 1683–4 a frost fair was held on the Thames. The frost, which began about seven weeks before Christmas and continued for six weeks after, was the greatest on record. The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 led to a large migration on Huguenots
Huguenots
to London. They established a silk industry at Spitalfields
Spitalfields
.

At this time the Bank of England
England
was founded, and the British East India
India
Company was expanding its influence. Lloyd\'s of London
London
also began to operate in the late 17th century. In 1700 London
London
handled 80% of England's imports, 69% of its exports and 86% of its re-exports. Many of the goods were luxuries from the Americas and Asia such as silk, sugar, tea and tobacco. The last figure emphasises London's role as an entrepot : while it had many craftsmen in the 17th century, and would later acquire some large factories, its economic prominence was never based primarily on industry. Instead it was a great trading and redistribution centre. Goods were brought to London
London
by England's increasingly dominant merchant navy, not only to satisfy domestic demand, but also for re-export throughout Europe and beyond.

William III , a Dutchman, cared little for London, the smoke of which gave him asthma, and after the first fire at Whitehall Palace (1691) he purchased Nottingham
Nottingham
House and transformed it into Kensington Palace . Kensington
Kensington
was then an insignificant village, but the arrival of the court soon caused it to grow in importance. The palace was rarely favoured by future monarchs, but its construction was another step in the expansion of the bounds of London. During the same reign Greenwich
Greenwich
Hospital , then well outside the boundary of London, but now comfortably inside it, was begun; it was the naval complement to the Chelsea Hospital
Chelsea Hospital
for former soldiers, which had been founded in 1681. During the reign of Queen Anne an act was passed authorising the building of 50 new churches to serve the greatly increased population living outside the boundaries of the City of London. Ogilby & Morgan's map of the City of London
London
(1673). "A Large and Accurate Map of the City of London. Ichnographically describing all the Streets, Lanes, Alleys, Courts, Yards, Churches, Halls, & Houses "> A view of London
London
from the east in 1751 Main article: 18th-century London

The 18th century was a period of rapid growth for London, reflecting an increasing national population, the early stirrings of the Industrial Revolution , and London's role at the centre of the evolving British Empire
British Empire
.

In 1707 an Act of Union was passed merging the Scottish and the English Parliaments, thus establishing the Kingdom of Great Britain. A year later, in 1708 Christopher Wren's masterpiece, St Paul\'s Cathedral was completed on his birthday. However, the first service had been held on 2 December 1697; more than 10 years earlier. This Cathedral replaced the original St. Paul's which had been completely destroyed in the Great Fire of London
London
. This building is considered one of the finest in Britain and a fine example of Baroque architecture . The Clock Tower of Wren's St Paul\'s Cathedral

Many tradesmen from different countries came to London
London
to trade goods and merchandise. Also, more immigrants moved to London
London
making the population greater. More people also moved to London
London
for work and for business making London
London
an altogether bigger and busier city. Britain\'s victory in the Seven Years\' War increased the country's international standing and opened large new markets to British trade, further boosting London's prosperity.

During the Georgian period London
London
spread beyond its traditional limits at an accelerating pace. This is shown in a series of detailed maps, particularly John Rocque 's 1741–45 map (see below) and his 1746 Map of London
London
. New districts such as Mayfair
Mayfair
were built for the rich in the West End, new bridges over the Thames
Thames
encouraged an acceleration of development in South London
London
and in the East End, the Port of London
London
expanded downstream from the City. During this period was also the uprising of the American colonies. In 1780, the Tower of London
London
held its only American prisoner, former President of the Continental Congress , Henry Laurens
Henry Laurens
. In 1779 he was the Congress's representative of Holland, and got the country's support for the Revolution. On his return voyage back to America, the Royal Navy captured him and charged him with treason after finding evidence of a reason of war between Great Britain and the Netherlands. He was released from the Tower on 21 December 1781 in exchange for General Lord Cornwallis .

In 1762 George III acquired Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
(then called Buckingham House) from the Duke of Buckingham. It was enlarged over the next 75 years by architects such as John Nash. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
as it appeared in the 17th century Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
in 1837, enlarged by John Nash

A phenomenon of the era was the coffeehouse , which became a popular place to debate ideas. Growing literacy and the development of the printing press meant that news became widely available. Fleet Street became the centre of the embryonic national press during the century.

18th-century London was dogged by crime, the Bow Street Runners were established in 1750 as a professional police force. Penalties for crime were harsh, with the death penalty being applied for fairly minor crimes. Public hangings were common in London, and were popular public events.

In 1780 London
London
was rocked by the Gordon Riots
Gordon Riots
, an uprising by Protestants against Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
emancipation led by Lord George Gordon . Severe damage was caused to Catholic churches and homes, and 285 rioters were killed.

In the year 1787, freed slaves from London, America, and many of Britain's colonies founded Freetown in modern-day Sierra Leone.

Up until 1750, London
London
Bridge was the only crossing over the Thames
Thames
, but in that year Westminster
Westminster
Bridge was opened and, for the first time in history, London
London
Bridge, in a sense, had a rival. In 1798, Frankfurt banker Nathan Mayer Rothschild arrived in London
London
and set up a banking house in the city, with a large sum of money given to him by his father, Amschel Mayer Rothschild . The Rothschilds also had banks in Paris
Paris
and Vienna. The bank financed numerous large-scale projects, especially regarding railways around the world and the Suez Canal.

The 18th century saw the breakaway of the American colonies and many other unfortunate events in London, but also great change and Enlightenment. This all led into the beginning of modern times, the 19th century. A detailed copy of John Rocque 's Map of London, 1741-5.

19TH CENTURY

Main article: 19th-century London London
London
as engraved by J. "> The Houses of Parliament from Westminster
Westminster
Bridge in the early 1890s

As the capital of a massive empire, London
London
became a magnet for immigrants from the colonies and poorer parts of Europe. A large Irish population settled in the city during the Victorian period, with many of the newcomers refugees from the Great Famine (1845–1849) . At one point, Catholic Irish made up about 20% of London's population; they typically lived in overcrowded slums. London
London
also became home to a sizable Jewish community , which was notable for its entrepreneurship in the clothing trade and merchandising.

In 1888, the new County of London
London
was established, administered by the London
London
County Council . This was the first elected London-wide administrative body, replacing the earlier Metropolitan Board of Works, which had been made up of appointees. The County of London covered broadly what was then the full extent of the London conurbation, although the conurbation later outgrew the boundaries of the county. In 1900, the county was sub-divided into 28 metropolitan boroughs , which formed a more local tier of administration than the county council.

Many famous buildings and landmarks of London
London
were constructed during the 19th century including:

* Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
* Big Ben
Big Ben
and the Houses of Parliament * The Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
* The Victoria and Albert Museum * Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge

20TH CENTURY

1900 To 1939

Main article: History of London
London
1900–1939 Cheapside pictured in 1909, with the church of St Mary-le-Bow in the background.

London
London
entered the 20th century at the height of its influence as the capital of one of the largest empires in history, but the new century was to bring many challenges.

London's population continued to grow rapidly in the early decades of the century, and public transport was greatly expanded. A large tram network was constructed by the London
London
County Council, through the LCC Tramways ; the first motorbus service began in the 1900s. Improvements to London's overground and underground rail network, including large scale electrification were progressively carried out.

During World War I, London
London
experienced its first bombing raids carried out by German zeppelin airships ; these killed around 700 people and caused great terror, but were merely a foretaste of what was to come. The city of London
London
would experience many more terrors as a result of both World Wars. The largest explosion in London
London
occurred during World War I: the Silvertown explosion , when a munitions factory containing 50 tons of TNT exploded, killing 73 and injuring 400.

The period between the two World Wars saw London's geographical extent growing more quickly than ever before or since. A preference for lower density suburban housing, typically semi-detached , by Londoners seeking a more "rural" lifestyle, superseded Londoners' old predilection for terraced houses . This was facilitated not only by a continuing expansion of the rail network, including trams and the Underground, but also by slowly widening car ownership. London's suburbs expanded outside the boundaries of the County of London, into the neighbouring counties of Essex
Essex
, Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
, Kent
Kent
, Middlesex and Surrey
Surrey
.

Like the rest of the country, London
London
suffered severe unemployment during the Great Depression
Great Depression
of the 1930s. In the East End
East End
during the 1930s, politically extreme parties of both right and left flourished. The Communist Party of Great Britain and the British Union of Fascists both gained serious support. Clashes between right and left culminated in the Battle of Cable Street in 1936. The population of London reached an all-time peak of 8.6 million in 1939.

Large numbers of Jewish immigrants fleeing from Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
settled in London
London
during the 1930s, mostly in the East End
East End
.

Labour Party politician Herbert Morrison was a dominant figure in local government in the 1920s and 1930s. He became mayor of Hackney and a member of the London
London
County Council in 1922, and for a while was Minister of Transport in Ramsay MacDonald's cabinet. When Labour gained power in London
London
in 1934, Morrison unified the bus, tram and trolleybus services with the Underground, by the creation of the London
London
Passenger Transport Board (known as London
London
Transport) in 1933., He led the effort to finance and build the new Waterloo Bridge . He designed the Metropolitan Green Belt around the suburbs and worked to clear slums, build schools, and reform public assistance.

In World War II

Main article: The Blitz Firefighters putting out flames at a bomb site during The Blitz , 1941.

During World War II
World War II
, London, as many other British cities, suffered severe damage, being bombed extensively by the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
as a part of The Blitz . Prior to the bombing, hundreds of thousands of children in London
London
were evacuated to the countryside to avoid the bombing. Civilians took shelter from the air raids in underground stations.

The heaviest bombing took place during The Blitz between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941. During this period, London
London
was subjected to 71 separate raids receiving over 18,000 tonnes of high explosive. One raid in December 1940, which became known as the Second Great Fire of London
London
, saw a firestorm engulf much of the City of London
London
and destroy many historic buildings. St Paul\'s Cathedral , however, remained unscathed; a photograph showing the Cathedral shrouded in smoke became a famous image of the war.

Having failed to defeat Britain, Hitler turned his attention to the Eastern front and regular bombing raids ceased. They began again, but on a smaller scale with the "Little Blitz " in early 1944. Towards the end of the war, during 1944/45 London
London
again came under heavy attack by pilotless V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets , which were fired from Nazi occupied Europe. These attacks only came to an end when their launch sites were captured by advancing Allied forces.

London
London
suffered severe damage and heavy casualties, the worst hit part being the Docklands area. By the war's end, just under 30,000 Londoners had been killed by the bombing, and over 50,000 seriously injured, tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless.

1945–2000

Shaftesbury Avenue
Shaftesbury Avenue
, circa 1949.

Three years after the war, the 1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Summer Olympics
were held at the original Wembley Stadium , at a time when the city had barely recovered from the war. London's rebuilding was slow to begin. However, in 1951 the Festival of Britain was held, which marked an increasing mood of optimism and forward looking.

In the immediate postwar years housing was a major issue in London, due to the large amount of housing which had been destroyed in the war. The authorities decided upon high-rise blocks of flats as the answer to housing shortages. During the 1950s and 1960s the skyline of London
London
altered dramatically as tower blocks were erected, although these later proved unpopular. In a bid to reduce the number of people living in overcrowded housing, a policy was introduced of encouraging people to move into newly built new towns surrounding London.

Through the 19th and in the early half of the 20th century, Londoners used coal for heating their homes, which produced large amounts of smoke. In combination with climatic conditions this often caused a characteristic smog, and London
London
became known for its typical "London Fog", also known as "Pea Soupers". London
London
was sometimes referred to as "The Smoke" because of this. In 1952 this culminated in the disastrous Great Smog of 1952 which lasted for five days and killed over 4,000 people. In response to this, the Clean Air Act 1956 was passed, mandating the creating of "smokeless zones" where the use of "smokeless" fuels was required (this was at a time when most households still used open fires); the Act was effective. Young people in Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street
in the 1960s.

Starting in the mid-1960s, and partly as a result of the success of such UK musicians as the Beatles and The Rolling Stones , London became a centre for the worldwide youth culture , exemplified by the Swinging London subculture which made Carnaby Street
Carnaby Street
a household name of youth fashion around the world. London's role as a trendsetter for youth fashion was revived strongly in the 1980s during the new wave and punk eras. In the mid-1990s this was revived to some extent with the emergence of the Britpop era.

From the 1950s onwards London
London
became home to a large number of immigrants, largely from Commonwealth countries such as Jamaica
Jamaica
, India
India
, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
, Pakistan
Pakistan
, which dramatically changed the face of London, turning it into one of the most diverse cities in Europe. However, the integration of the new immigrants was not always easy. Racial tensions emerged in events such as the Brixton Riots in the early 1980s.

From the beginning of " The Troubles
The Troubles
" in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
in the early 1970s until the mid-1990s, London
London
was subjected to repeated terrorist attacks by the Provisional IRA .

The outward expansion of London
London
was slowed by the war, and the introduction of the Metropolitan Green Belt . Due to this outward expansion, in 1965 the old County of London
London
(which by now only covered part of the London
London
conurbation) and the London
London
County Council were abolished, and the much larger area of Greater London
London
was established with a new Greater London
London
Council (GLC) to administer it, along with 32 new London
London
boroughs .

Greater London's population declined steadily in the decades after World War II, from an estimated peak of 8.6 million in 1939 to around 6.8 million in the 1980s. However, it then began to increase again in the late 1980s, encouraged by strong economic performance and an increasingly positive image.

London's traditional status as a major port declined dramatically in the post-war decades as the old Docklands could not accommodate large modern container ships. The principal ports for London
London
moved downstream to the ports of Felixstowe and Tilbury . The docklands area had become largely derelict by the 1980s, but was redeveloped into flats and offices from the mid-1980s onwards. The Thames
Thames
Barrier was completed in the 1980s to protect London
London
against tidal surges from the North Sea .

In the early 1980s political disputes between the GLC run by Ken Livingstone and the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
led to the GLC's abolition in 1986, with most of its powers relegated to the London
London
boroughs . This left London
London
as the only large metropolis in the world without a central administration.

In 2000, London-wide government was restored, with the creation of the Greater London
London
Authority (GLA) by Tony Blair 's government, covering the same area of Greater London. The new authority had similar powers to the old GLC, but was made up of a directly elected Mayor and a London
London
Assembly . The first election took place on 4 May, with Ken Livingstone comfortably regaining his previous post. London was recognised as one of the nine regions of England
England
. In global perspective, it was emerging as a World city
World city
widely compared to New York and Tokyo.

21ST CENTURY

An icon of 21st century London: the Shard

Around the start of the 21st century, London
London
hosted the much derided Millennium Dome
Millennium Dome
at Greenwich
Greenwich
, to mark the new century. Other Millennium projects were more successful. One was the largest observation wheel in the world, the "Millennium Wheel", or the London Eye , which was erected as a temporary structure, but soon became a fixture, and draws four million visitors a year. The National Lottery also released a flood of funds for major enhancements to existing attractions, for example the roofing of the Great Court at the British Museum .

The London
London
Plan , published by the Mayor of London
London
in 2004, estimated that the population would reach 8.1 million by 2016, and continue to rise thereafter. This was reflected in a move towards denser, more urban styles of building, including a greatly increased number of tall buildings , and proposals for major enhancements to the public transport network. However, funding for projects such as Crossrail remained a struggle.

On 6 July 2005 London
London
won the right to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics making it the first city to host the modern games three times. However, celebrations were cut short the following day when the city was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks . More than 50 were killed and 750 injured in three bombings on London
London
Underground trains and a fourth on a double decker bus near King's Cross.

London
London
was the starting point for countrywide riots which occurred in August 2011, when thousands of people rioted in several city boroughs and in towns across England. In 2011 the population grew over 8 million people for the first time in decades. White British formed less than half of the population for the first time .

In the public there was ambivalence leading-up to the Olympics, though public sentiment changed strongly in their favour following a successful opening ceremony and when the anticipated organisational and transport problems never occurred.

POPULATION

YEAR POPULATION

1 A few farmers

50 50–100 100

140 45–60,000 60000

300 10–20,000 20000

800 10–12,000 12000

1000 20–25,000 25000

1100 10–20,000 20000

1200 20–25,000 25000

1300 80–100,000 100000

1350 25–50,000 50000

1500 50–100,000 100000

1550 120,000 120000

1600 200,000 200000

1650 350,000-400,000 400000

1700 550,000-600,000 600000

1750 700,000 700000

1801 959,300 959300

1831 1,655,000 1655000

1851 2,363,000 2363000

1891 5,572,012 5572012

1901 6,506,954 6506954

1911 7,160,525 7160525

1921 7,386,848 7386848

1931 8,110,480 8110480

1939 8,615,245 8615245

1951 8,196,978 8196978

1961 7,992,616 7992616

1971 7,452,520 7452520

1981 6,805,000 6805000

1991 6,829,300 6829300

2001 7,322,400 7322400

2006 7,657,300 7657300

2011 8,174,100 8174100

2015 8,615,246 8615246

HISTORICAL SITES OF NOTE

* Alexandra Palace * Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station
* Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
* Croydon Airport
Croydon Airport
* Hyde Park * Monument to the Great Fire of London
London
* Palace of Westminster
Westminster
* Parliament Hill * Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Greenwich
* St Paul\'s Cathedral * Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
* Tower of London
London
* Tyburn
Tyburn
* Vauxhall station * Waterloo International station * Westminster Abbey

SEE ALSO

* Book: London
London

* Ale silver * Archives for London
London
* Economy of London
London
* Culture of London
London
* Fortifications of London
London
* Geography of London
London
* Geology of London
London
* History of local government in London
London
* Timeline of London
Timeline of London
history

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FURTHER READING

Library resources about HISTORY OF LONDON -------------------------

* Online books * Resources in your library * Resources in other libraries

* Ackroyd, Peter. London: A Biography (2009) First chapter * Ball, Michael, and David T. Sunderland. Economic history of London, 1800–1914 (Routledge, 2002) * Billings, Malcolm (1994), London: A Companion to Its History and Archaeology, ISBN 1-85626-153-0 * Bucholz, Robert O., and Joseph P. Ward. London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550–1750 (Cambridge University Press; 2012) 526 pages * Clark, Greg. The Making of a World City: London
London
1991 to 2021 (John Wiley & Sons, 2014) * Inwood, Stephen. A History of London
London
(1998) ISBN 0-333-67153-8 * London. Let\'s Go . 1998. OL 16456334W . * Mort, Frank, and Miles Ogborn. "Transforming Metropolitan London, 1750–1960." Journal of British Studies (2004) 43#1 pp: 1-14. * Porter, Roy. History of London
London
(1995), by a leading scholar * Weightman, Gavin, and Stephen Humphries. The Making of Modern London, 1914–1939 (Sidgwick Social history of people, neighborhoods, work, culture, power. Excerpts * White, Jerry. London
London
in the 19th Century: 'A Human Awful Wonder of God' (2008); Social history of people, neighborhoods, work, culture, power. Excerpt and text search * White, Jerry. London
London
in the Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing (2013) 624 pages; Excerpt and text search 480pp; Social history of people, neighborhoods, work, culture, power. * Yale, Pat (1998), London, Lonely Planet , OL 16041426W

ENVIRONMENT

* Allen, Michelle Elizabeth. Cleansing the city: sanitary geographies in Victorian London
London
(2008). * Brimblecombe, Peter. The Big Smoke: A History of Air Pollution in London
London
Since Medieval Times (Methuen, 1987) * Ciecieznski, N. J. "The Stench of Disease: Public Health and the Environment in Late-Medieval English towns and cities." Health, Culture and Society (2013) 4#1 pp: 91-104. * Hanlon, W. Walker. "Pollution and Mortality in the 19th Century (UCLA and NBER, 2015) online * Jackson, Lee. Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth (2014) * Jørgensen, Dolly. "'All Good Rule of the Citee': Sanitation and Civic Government in England, 1400–1600." Journal of Urban History (2010). online * Landers, John. Death and the metropolis: studies in the demographic history of London, 1670–1830 (1993). * Mosley, Stephen. "'A Network of Trust': Measuring and Monitoring Air Pollution in British Cities, 1912–1960." Environment and History (2009) 15#3 pp: 273-302. * Thorsheim, Peter. Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800 (2009)

HISTORIOGRAPHY

* Feldman, David, and Gareth Stedman Jones, eds. Metropolis, London: Histories and Representations since 1800 (Routledge Kegan & Paul, 1989) * Edward Godfrey Cox (1949). "London". Reference Guide to the Literature of Travel. 3. Seattle: University of Washington – via Hathi Trust.

OLDER HISTORIES

* George Walter Thornbury . Old and new London
London
: a narrative of its history, its people, and its places (Cassell, Pelter, & Galpin, 1873) -

Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6.

* Frederick Crace (1878), Catalogue of Maps, Plans & Views of London, Westminster
Westminster
& Southwark, London: Spottiswoode & Co. * Walter Besant . London
London
(Harper & Bros., 1892) * Charles Welch (1893–1894), "Notes on London
London
Municipal Literature", Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, London: Bibliographical Society , 2 (thematic bibliography about London) * Reginald R. Sharpe (1894), London
London
and the Kingdom, London: Longmans, Green + v.2, v.3, Index * "London". Chambers\'s Encyclopaedia . London. 1901. * "London", Jewish Encyclopedia
Jewish Encyclopedia
, 8, New York, 1907 * London
London
– Article in the 1908 Catholic Encyclopædia

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