London Life & Great Great Grandfather Thomas Royle

Walking to the Bankside Gallery & Tate Modern this afternoon, crossing Ludgate Circus there is one of those Ghost bikes painted white to mark where a cyclist was killed. This reminded me that my Grandmother’s grandfather was run over by an Omnibus on Ludgate Hill – in 1906 – and died in Barts Hospital aged 70. Several members of the family lived in Faringdon Street, and New Bridge Street so maybe he was on the way to visit them. He was a silk printer and think he was at a big silk factory south of the river – although he was probably retired by 1906.



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