VISIT TO THE HOUSES OF DR SAMUEL JOHNSON AND BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
London Studies 24th January 2014
Our January Meeting was organised this month by Lynn and Brian Swift who used their excellent organisational skills to arrange two visits in one day to two quite different town houses in different parts of London. Both men were around in the same century with quite different backgrounds. In fact, they were born and died within six years of each other. One, Dr Samuel Johnson (left) was the author of the first complete published dictionary in Great Britain and the other, Benjamin Franklin (right), was the only man to sign all of the documents leading to the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America and was considered to be one of its founding fathers.
|U3A London Studies and the Routemaster Bus|
By sheer coincidence (or was it arranged?) the same bus took us back to Benjamin Franklin's House by the side of Charing Cross with the same conductor, this time with a different driver who had been featured in a TV documentary about the buses. Our Routemaster followed on behind one of the new TfL buses also with entry by the platform at the back.
|Our Own Personal Routemaster|
We had an excellent guide for Dr Johnson's House and an interactive tour with an actress dressed in period costume for the Benjamin Franklin House.
To find out more about this extraordinary 18th Century man, click on the link below:-
After nine years of work, Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language
was published in 1755
|Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese|
A short walk took us to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub which is one of a number of pubs in London to have been rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. There has been a pub at this location since 1538.
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|House from the back|
|House from Craven Street|
You can find out more from the link below:-
You will find all of the photographs from this excellent day out HERE.
Thanks, once again, to Lynn and Brian for their excellent organisation for a perfect day!