St Pauls

St Pauls Cathedral in London is probably built on the site of a Roman pagan temple. In medieval times, the gothic cathedral loomed over the city, and in the days of Shakespeare and the Puritans, great sermons were preached from St Pauls Cross, beside the cathedral. All these developments are described in LONDON from the 'Londinium' chapter onwards. The building of the present St Pauls, after the Fire of London, by Sir Christopher Wren, and the way he concealed the fact that it was to have a dome from the authorities are the subject of the chapter 'St Pauls'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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