please empty your brain below

The Royal Courts of Justice deals with civil cases. It is the Central Criminal Court, aka the Old Bailey, that dispatches criminals to their fate,
No mention of Coutts Bank !
I assume Ric has read neither the first paragraph nor the fourth
Not sure how cause and effect goes, but there may be a connection between the homeless people in the Charing Cross area early in the morning, and the charitable refreshment service available at the junction of Strand and Agar Street in the morning and the evening (which is where some of the unsold Pret sandwiches go)
I was going to say what Timbo said.

140 or so years is a long time but as far as I am aware there have been no first instance criminal cases held at the RCJ. No magistrates or crown courts, no petty or quarter sessions. Although someone may know better. Perhaps in the early years, or in wartime?

As well as various civil courts, the RCJ also houses the criminal and civil divisions of the court of appeal, and also some people may have detained or fined by civil courts for contempt of court, so to that extent you could argue that at least some offenders have been despatched to their fate.
I blame Roxy Music.

I blame The Roxy Music.

I blame the Roxy Music.
Earlier this year I did Jury Service at the Royal Courts of Justice as they were using two courts on behalf of Inner London Crown Court for criminal cases. We found both cases for the defendant so did not ‘ dispatch them’ - but I’m sure some were sentenced in others weeks
I note the shade thrown at the London's Transport Museum for the cost of the Hidden London Aldwych tour but the tours are aways sold out (disclaimer - I've been on all of them) and are not just a visit but are guided and very informative. The cost covers the staffing and access, but also contributes to conservation work - a price worth paying in my view.

dg writes: today’s tours are not sold out.
£45 yo visit Aldwych is just mad. Surprised there are people who make repeat visits.

I went pre-closure in about 1987 as novelty value. it looked just like a central London underground station but less busy.

I also went on a free tour one year around 2010, it didn't look much different except the lift didn't work and there were no telephones in the lobby. Again, it just seemed like any other station but less busy. Except for the camera flashes and people gushing about the tiles.
I have to ask, did you "have a banana" on your walk?
Simpsons may be more famous but for many the most celebratory Strand restaurant was the India Club, much missed since last year.
“The Royal Courts of Justice looks like a cross between a cathedral and a German castle “

The RCJ is the only secular building in London to have a statue of Christ, overlooking the Strand on top of it. He is one of a set of four lawgivers on each side of the building the others being, Solomon - west front, King Alfred - east side and Moses on the north side.
German labourers were brought in from Hamburg to build the RCJ (1873-82) as London was in the middle of a building strike. As they were ‘strike breakers’ they were housed and fed in the building.
Whether or not it's the church mentioned in the nursery rhyme, St Clement Danes' bells play 'Oranges and Lemons' at 6 p.m. (and for all I know at other hours too).
Brian, what an amazing place to do Jury Service in!

I did the Aldwych tour earlier this year, it was very interesting.
Given he has been dead for 111 years, I think he is fair game. I was interested to see recently that Edward Stanley Gibbons, founder of the company that still bears his name is suspected by some of killing his first three wives who all died young and left him substantial sums of money. He siwftly remarried each time and had a family background in pharmacy. Likely we'll never know but I though it interesting.
Strond almost certainly shares a common root with the german word Strand (der if anyone is fretting about what the correct article is). This word has a uniqueness that it refers to the land exposed between high and low tide, which because of its position, pre-Victoria Emnbankment makes perfect sense.
Keith, it could be that they are both pronounced the same. The Great Vowel Shift has a lot to answer for.
I can't believe I didn't know about the pedestrianisation!
How have I not been down the Strand since it was changed - in 2022 apparently!
The/the discussion, and a historical cultural reference.

Strand is mentioned in a popular 17th century Cavalier Ballad "The Lawyers Lamentation for the loss of Charing Cross" (tune: Prince Rupert's March)

And when they came to the bottom of the Strand
They were all at a loss:
This is not the way to Westminster,
We must go by Charing-Cross.

Unfortunately I can't (quickly) find a image online of an original C17 printing of the ballad to see if "the Strand" is presented as "The Strand".

I could ask my wife to check (this sort of information is her professional interest)
I love how pedantic everyone is in these comments.
pedantic, thanks for the link: Almost as enjoyable as todays blog. Like so many things this has been hiding from me in plain sight for me for over 60 years. One tends to accept names for what they are and not ever question whre they originate from. I wonder how many other examples are around in London.
176 million YouTube viewers (and counting) have had a good look at Aldwych station - it's the location for The Prodigy's "Firestarter" video.
Right you are Brian. Looks like two “Nightingale” crown court rooms were set up at the RCJ and proved to be useful extra capacity for some time after that.

I wonder if that will continue when the new justice centre opens, on that site up the road, nearer the City.
"City" of Westminster. The borough is after all a very recent invention,
Wonderful article.
I am, though, slightly disappointed that you didn't give a cursory mention…

dg writes: sigh

…that Bush House used to be the home of the BBC World Service for many years! (I did read the disclaimer!)

The statues in the entrance of the building were damaged in the war, and were left in that state through the mid-20th century. The story goes that an American (if I remember rightly) visiting London, saw the damaged statues and organised their repair.

The Burmese service was the first service to move out to Broadcasting House, with the rest of WS moving out by Summer 2012.

As in your picture, it now forms part of the Strand campus of King's College London.










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