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Notorious London


London

The Dark Side

By

Peter Thurgood


Copyright Peter Thurgood 2012



“Hell is a city much like London,

A populous and a smoky city;

There are all sorts of people undone,

And there is little or no fun done;

Small justice shown, and still less pity”


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), British poet.







Foreword


London’s recorded history can be traced back over 2,000 years. From a Roman outpost it has grown to become one of the most important financial and cultural capitals of the world. London’s streets and districts are crammed full of history, from the plague, to devastating fires, civil war, aerial bombardment, and terrorist attacks.


One cannot walk a street or visit an area without unknowingly stepping back into time, where extraordinary scenes of scandal and intrigue have at some time unfolded. Murder and mayhem have also played their role, some in the dim and distant past, while others are still vivid in the memory of those who lived and possibly took part in such deeds.


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