1. Exquisite Tweets from @genmon, @clanwilliam, @copperbird, @Pliny_theElder

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    London, history, and the everyday. Always remarkable

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    Matt Webb

  2. Okay, this sign infuriates me. I live very close to it and I know it well. 1/

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    London, history, and the everyday. Always remarkable

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    Jennifer Delaney

    It is on the grass around a couple of mid-level council blocks (no more than 8 stories high) and, quite apart from historical inaccuracies, it’s just offensive. 2/

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    Jennifer Delaney

    Fundamentally, there are two valid interpretations of this sign. Either people in social housing have less right to green space than the dead of 350 years ago or there is social housing built on land that is unsafe for human habitation. 3/

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    Jennifer Delaney

    Either of which is a pretty horrible thought. But there’s also another factor - I’m not convinced it’s a 1660s plague pit. It’s on Pitfield St, but Pitfield was already the name for that area 100 years earlier. 4/

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    Jennifer Delaney

    And on another damn level - it’s the Great Plague or the Black Death. And they’re more than a couple of centuries apart. 5/

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    Jennifer Delaney

    However, if you walk north of that sign, you can find plaques to Ben Jonson’s duel (and the origin of Pimlico) and, turning right almost immediately, find the spot where the Gunpowder Plot was betrayed at the other end of the street. 6/

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    Jennifer Delaney

    In conclusion: visit Hoxton. Walk on the grass. Enjoy our more legitimate street notices. 7/7

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    Jennifer Delaney

  3. I think most London parks have a plague pit somewhere. Kennington did.

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    Copperbird 🔶

  4. This isn’t a park. It is literally the patch of grass in front of a block of flats.

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    Jennifer Delaney