On this day: the founding of the National Gallery

The National Gallery in London opened on the 10th of May, 1824. Located on 100 Pall Mall, the original gallery housed thirty-eight paintings.

Happy birthday to us! The Gallery opened #OnThisDay in 1824 at 100 Pall Mall with just 38 paintings. 10th May 1824. National Gallery London.


On this day: the Shri Swaminarayan Temple

The Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad in India was established on the 24th of February, 1822.

The temple, as it appeared in an 1866 book:



On this day: London’s new Vauxhall Bridge opened

 Vauxhall Bridge in 1829

The old Vauxhall Bridge in 1829.

On the 26th of May, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge opened in London. By the time it opened it was five years behind schedule, following a construction period that had brought all sorts of problems.

Vauxhall Bridge London 2009

The new bridge, photographed in 2009. X

The Prince of Wales, who would go on to be King George V, oversaw the opening ceremony.

The bridge was originally built to carry trams, but the tram tracks were abandoned in 1951.

On this day: St Katharine Docks opened in London in 1828

St Katharine Docks opened in London in 1828


In the 1820s, some 11300 low class Londoners lost their homes as they were cleared out to make way for the development of St Katharine Docks. The docks opened on the 25th of October, 1828.

Plan drawn up for the St. Katharine Dock Company showing the street and buildings which would need to be demolished to make way for the new dock. circa 1825

Circa 1825 plan showing what needed to be demolished to make way for the docks.

Badly damaged by German bombing in World War Two, the area is now home to offices and private residences.