Pimlico to Westminster Walk

Pimlico to Westminster Walk

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Spies, MI5 MI6, Politicians and Prison – Millbank to Westminster
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Mill Bank thus named because there used to be a big mill at the Westminster Abbey

19th Century – Millbank penitentiary.
Star Shaped based on ideas of Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon.
Biggest prison in Britain designed so prisoners could be observed by a single watchman.
It famously held prisoners for transportation to Australia.

After it was knocked down it became Tate Britain built on the fortune made by Henry Tate from sugar cubes of Tate And Lyle.
Henry Tate was a famous Philanthropist and donated his own paintings.

Lambeth Bridge

London’s Horseferry 1513 between Westminster and Lambeth Palace. Only place in central london to cross with your horse.
Mary of Modena, James ii’s catholic wife escaped after the revolution dressed as washerwoman and waited under the tower for carriage to Gravesend.
It closed when Westminster Bridge opened.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the triple decker night bus shrinks to get between 2 buses. Harry is on his way to Leaky Cauldron after a terrible holiday with the Dursleys

In Fast and Furious 6 it’s used as Moscow!!

Captain Bligh is buried in Church of St Mary Lambeth.
The Pineapples or corns on top of monuments are for John Tradescant, Charles I’s gardener who grew first pineapple in England and is buried in church.

Lambeth Palace

House of the Archbishop of Canterbury since 12th century.
The 15th Century brick gatehouse is the finest Tudor example in England.
Ann Boleyn was interrogated here in 1536 and forced to confess to Bishop Cranmer.
Elizabeth i’s bishop was Mathew Parker.
Queen called him nosey because of his big nose and his taking interest in others business.
He was dug up and thrown in a heap in the garden during the commonwealth but then reburied after the restoration.
Gloves worn by Charles I are kept in here.

St Mary at Lambeth

They’ve renovated the garden
John Tradescant brought the tulip, plane tree and Pineapple to the UK.

No.4 Millbank Studios is where the BBC make their political programmes.

Richard the lionheart was crowned in 1189.

He was in charge of his own army by the age of 16 and led a couple of rebellions against father Henry ii and spent most of his time on crusade.
He slaughtered prisoners on crusade
Only spent 6 months of reign in England and is the
21st great grand uncle of Elizabeth ii

Big metal doors on Millbank are – MI5

Intelligence agencies went up to 19 originally.
Mi 1 – Codebreaking
2 Russia and Scandinavia
Mi 3 Eastern Europe
10 weapons specialists.
All got mixed into those two

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