Two London Institutions

Royal Hospital Chelsea

There are few institutions in the United Kingdom with an unbroken three centuries of service and none of them is so close to the heart of the nation as “The Men in Scarlet”, the Chelsea Pensioners, and their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Founded in 1692 by King Charles II and intended for the ‘succour and relief of veterans broken by age and war’, the Royal Hospital, with its Grade 1 listed buildings, still servces its original purpose and intends to continue to further its role well into the 21st Century.

Royal Hospital Chelsea: Chapel

When I was in London, I used to go to Sunday morning service at the Royal Chelsea Hospital Chapel. There were often a few Chelsea Pensioners about then, but one year Rememberance Day fell on a Sunday and all the Pensioners turned out for the service in their distinctive full dress uniforms with bright red jackets. The chapel had an excellent choir, too.

Virtual Tour of the Chapel – brings back memories.

The Old Bailey

Justice Hall, or the Sessions House, was also called the Old Bailey, after the street in which it was located, just off Newgate Street and next to Newgate Prison, in the western part of the City of London. Over the course of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the building was remodelled in ways which both reflected and influenced the changing ways trials were carried out and reported .The current Old Bailey Courthouse stands on the same site.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834: Online Texts

The Old Bailey Proceedings contain accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials, as well as the text from the front and back cover and advertisements.

JAMES ROLFE, JOHN SAVAGE, theft : simple grand larceny, 15th September, 1790.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t17900915-47

Original Text:

637. JAMES ROLFE and JOHN SAVAGE were indicted for stealing, on the 7th of August last, one copper coalscuttle, value 4 s. two copper stew-pans, value 10 s. and a copper quart pot, value 3 s. the property of Elizabeth Twisden .

(The witnesses examined apart.)

ELIZABETH TWISDEN sworn.I am a widow, No. 3, Great Litchfield-street, Cavendish-square: I am a housekeeper. I lost these things from a house I have in Margaret-street, No. 63; it was not let then; but I furnished it to be let. On the morning of the 7th, I awaked a little after five; I heard a great noise; I got up and went to the window, and saw a great croud at my house in Margaret-street; I went to that house, and found the kitchen windows and door open, and many people in the house; I found the bars of the kitchen window broke, and the frame of the sash broke, which had been forced and given way; I found a bundle of copper in the kitchen, in a house-cloth, which I knew; and the two prisoners were in custody; there were two other bundles neatly packed up, ready to take away: the house-cloth and the drinking-pot I know to be mine; and I believe the other two articles to be mine, as I missed coppers of that description…..


Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.


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