Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – London Trivia – Gibson Square – The Cabbie Blog

Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post:

Delighted to welcome a new participant to the series…with the pen name Gibson Square writes The Cabbie Blog and has an archive full of entertaining, informative and revealing posts on London where he is a black cab driver…and you might like to pop into the back of his cab series to see all the rich and famous or infamous he has ferried around the capital. Each Sunday trivia is posted for that date about London and I have chosen 9th December 1914 as I saw the name Pooh Bear..

On 9 December 1914 Lt. Harry Colebourne of the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps purchased a black bear from a hunter, who had shot the mother, for $20 in Ontario. He named it Winnie short for Winnipeg. Incredibly he brought the bear to England when it became the regiment’s unofficial mascot, leaving the bear to the London Zoo. A. A. MIlne and his son Christopher Robin saw the creature and thus Winnie the Pooh was born.

On 9 December 1868 one of Britain’s most famous politicians became Prime Minister for the first time. William Ewart Gladstone would become Prime Minister three more times

Workhouse Rule 15: No person of either sex be allowed to smoke in bed or in any room of the house upon pain of being put in the dungeon 6 hours

London’s biggest private home is Witanhurst, on Highgate West Hill: 65 rooms, including 25 bedrooms, a gym and a library, and plans underground cinema, beauty parlour and car park

The Bethlehem Royal Hospital is world’s oldest institution specialising in mental health was founded in 1247 near Bishopsgate, in 1800 the hospital moved to Lambeth, it now houses the Imperial War Museum

Queen Victoria was offended when a 14-storey tower blocked her view of Houses of Parliament it led to a Bill capping all buildings to 80ft

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 115-metre-high (377 ft) sculpture and observation tower in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, is Britain’s largest piece of public art

London’s first sandwich bar, Sandy’s, opened in Oxendon Street in 1933, the greater informality of eating soon spread throughout the capital as the culture of fast-food was established

On 9 December 2000 the fastest ever goal in the Premiership was scored after 9.9 seconds by Ledley King for Spurs v Bradford City

Harry Beck’s map was considered too big a departure from the norm, but the public liked it and it became official in 1933


Founded in London in 1670, the Hudson’s Bay Company is the world’s oldest chartered company and Founded in 1694, the Bank of England was the first privately owned national bank in any country

During the 1920s and 1930s Aberdeen based shepherd George Donald would bring his flock down to Hyde Park grazing his sheep to keep grass level

Trivial Matter: London in 140 characters is taken from the daily Twitter feed @CabbieBlog
A guide to the symbols used here and source material can be found on the Trivial Matter page.

©Gibson Square 2018

About : Gibson Square.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this page about CabbieBlog. Writing under the pseudonym Gibson Square – the destination of the first ‘run’ in the Blue Book of The Knowledge – I put pen to paper about all things to be found in London.

Why spend money sitting in a noisy cab listening to whingeing from your London cab driver, or having him fill your head with useless London trivia when you can sit in comfort and read it for free?

I promise if you have a love for London you will not be disappointed. So sit down, have a cuppa, and spend a little time in my company.

I have been a Licensed Black London Cabbie since January 1997 and over that time and the five years that it took to gain The Knowledge, I’ve grown to love and despair of London in equal measure.

On Tuesday and Friday I post about London places that have taken my interest, while every Sunday is given over to nuggets of trivial information with a short piece relating to the day in question.

Connect with Gibson Square on Social Media

Twitter London Trivia:

My thanks to Gibson Square for letting me share his fascinating posts about London….I hope you will head over and discover more secrets about the city and its people….

11 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – London Trivia – Gibson Square – The Cabbie Blog

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