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The Shambles, arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to the late fourteenth and fifteenth century (around 1350-1475).In some sections of the Shambles it is possible to touch both sides of the street with your arms outstretched.

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Necklace of gold and lapis lazuli; three strings of beads; 16 gold pendants, 8 leaf-shaped pendants, 5 bud-shaped pendants overlaid with gold, 3 pendants overlaid with gold with two human-headed bulls each, back to back; 15 cylindrical beads overlaid with gold, 172 cylindrical lapis lazuli beads, carved, perforated and polished. Culture/periodEarly Dynastic III term details Date2600BC-2350BC - Asia,Iraq,South Iraq,Royal Cemetery (Ur)

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Obverse view of Suffragette Hunger Strike medal. Silver Hunger Strike Medal with green, white, purple striped ribbon. Inscribed "For Valour / Hunger Strike / Florence Haig" plus the dates of her hunger strikes. Suffragettes treated the fight for the vote as a military campaign. From 1909, those who served prison terms for militancy were awarded medals for their service to the cause. Imitating military honours, hunger strike medals were decorated with enamelled tricolour bars, each bar…

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from Telegraph.co.uk

London street photography through the decades

The Museum of London's London Street Photography exhibition displays scores of candid images of everyday life through the years. Dating from approximately 1860, the pictures show a city but a city both wholly recognisable and strangely familiar.

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The timber framed Elizabethan Merchant's House in Plymouth, Devon. Originally the house of a well to do builder the Merchant's house is now a museum of local history, ancient and modern

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London, Elephant And Castle 1885. This crowded region south of the river was once the heart of #London cockney life. The Elephant and Castle, a great meeting place of thoroughfares, was termed a ‘ganglion of roads’ by Dickens in ‘Bleak House’.

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from Mail Online

Graffiti artist Banksy pulls off most audacious stunt to date - despite being watched by CCTV

Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera. (Banksy, 2008)

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Jan van Huysum Flower study; a Cornflower and a Tulip (?) Watercolour, with strip adjoined above and below School/style - Dutch term Date - 1697-1749 Materials - paper Technique - drawn Dimensions - Height: 299 millimetresWidth: 188 millimetres

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