The Hidden Powers of British Rain

As the rain continues to fall, and as London develops apace, our future is connecting us to incredible, hidden stories from our past.

Tradition, tubes, and trust funds. The third most expensive city in the world has everything one could want; great schools, great culture, great jobs, and a history to rival almost all but the Grecco Roman empires. From Boudica to Guy Fawkes, the heart of this bustling metropolis is laced with fascinating stories of human defeat, triumph, and endeavor. However, when one thinks of London, visions of hurried commuters, red buses, and rain may spring to mind. Lots of rain. Most may not think that this damp is a good thing. To discount the rain as a mere inconvenience to one’s “Sunday best” would be betraying the precipitation for all of the unseen work it has done. Over the centuries, it has poured lashing after lashing upon the Thames Estuary to inconceivably provide us with a chance to look further into the rich history of Londonium. One perhaps might not know about the mass graves of the black death and the plague, the ancient Roman furniture, epic Viking battles, and secrets once lost to the earth. As the rain continues to fall, and as London develops apace, our future is connecting us to incredible, hidden stories from our past.

Excavation of Farringdon Train Station in Central London.

Photos by Simon Norfolk

Neolithic Hand Ax displayed at the London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre, where it was excavated.

A few of the many skeletons found during the most recent excavations.

A stone cannonball and a glazed ceramic cash box from the 16th Century. Outside the reconstructed Globe Theatre.

Piccadilly Circus, the site of many finds.

It is littered with seemingly far-fetched stories that even the most inventive screen-writer couldn’t pen on their magnum opus day.
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