London (Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides)

London (Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides)

Terry Deary

Language: English

Pages: 47

ISBN: 2:00242433

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A place of plague, pestilence and fire, plus the brutal Blitz and the eye-watering Great Stink. It's loathsome London as the tourists never see it - with all the hidden horrible bits! In this gruesome city guide, Terry Deary takes you on a tour of Britain's biggest city, exposing all its scurrilous secrets. Take a trip to the terrifying Tower (but try to keep your head on). Dip into London's largest toilet, the ruthless River Thames! Peer into creepy St Paul's Cathedral! It's a blood-spattered trip you simply daren't miss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seeing Meff swing. They were furious. So they went around to the hangman’s house and beat him to death. Meanwhile, you are probably wondering what happened to Meff. Meff was pardoned and sent to a prison colony in America. On the way his ship was attacked by pirates and he was marooned on a deserted island off the American coast. He found a canoe and paddled to America. In 1721 he returned to London (on a ship – he didn’t paddle his canoe). But his luck ran out. He was arrested and hanged.

down drains in the street – jewellery or coins – all you have to do is stick your hands in the fast-flowing poo and find the stuff. (It’s known as ‘tosh’ and you are a ‘tosher’.) Easy. A Victorian writer, Henry Mayhew, said… If there was a ship close by then the toshers would try to steal the copper that covered its bottom. The toshers loved to tell horrible stories. This is a story that one tosher told Henry Mayhew. Mayhew seemed to believe it and he wrote it down. Of course the tosher COULD

escaped back to the workhouse and complained – but the workhouse did nothing. Mary Clifford was rescued by the police but died two days later. Brownrigg, her husband and her son were charged with murder. They were hanged in 1767. As they were led to their execution the crowds yelled at them… After her hanging Brownrigg’s body was cut up by the doctors and her skeleton was hung up in Surgeons’ Hall. Sarah Metyard Would a horrible hanging put you off cruelty to children? It didn’t deter Sarah

up with Italian bankers having all the money. They plan to massacre them on May Day. But the government catches some rebels and has them hanged, drawn and quartered. The hangman invents a scaffold on wheels so he can take it round London and give everyone a look. One writer says, ‘They were just poor younglings.’ So, Henry VIII had kids executed. 1587 Plotters plan to kill Queen Elizabeth I and put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. The plotters are captured and taken to Holborn to be

up with Italian bankers having all the money. They plan to massacre them on May Day. But the government catches some rebels and has them hanged, drawn and quartered. The hangman invents a scaffold on wheels so he can take it round London and give everyone a look. One writer says, ‘They were just poor younglings.’ So, Henry VIII had kids executed. 1587 Plotters plan to kill Queen Elizabeth I and put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne. The plotters are captured and taken to Holborn to be

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