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The Great Stink was hard to avoid in London 160 years ago as a hot summer intensified the stench of the Thames. While everyone knows Bazalgette’s sewers solved the problem, The Post flushes out the facts about the clockmaker who invented the modern-day toilet...

 

Mary Shelley lived on EC1’s Skinner Street as a girl, at the bookshop of her debt-ridden father, William Godwin. In the 200th year since ‘Frankenstein’, we give a taste of her local home through this extract from a new biography.

 

What must it have felt like to be burnt at the stake? Historical author Virginia Rounding has an idea, thanks to her new book about the Smithfield martyrs.

 

The office chair may seem like a modern invention but it was actually a Victorian idea. In the 1840s, at the same time as American Thomas E Warren was taking arms off armchairs and spring-loading the seats, the British scientist Charles Darwin was adding wheels to his study chair, in order to move around his specimens quicker.

 

Relive the silent movie era at the Barbican in the coming months with a series of films featuring live musical accompaniment.

 

Physicist, TV presenter and former pop star (he was a member of D:Ream, famous for Things Can Only Get Be er) Professor Brian Cox is coming to Clerkenwell.

 

Sculptor Antony Gormley has collaborated with Sadler’s Wells to mark the 20th anniversary of the current theatre.

 

EC1 gallery BEERS London has an exhibition to lift the spirits this spring. Happy Depression, which runs from 2 March to 14 April, features the work of Daniel Jensen and Mark Posey.

 

Thirty years after Piers Gough designed a Britton Street house for Janet Street-Porter, our columnist Peter Murray says it deserves to be Listed.

 

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