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Central Londoners in the Oxford DNB

Here you’ll find people who’ve shaped the history of central London—from ‘Big Ben’ and the Globe to the capital’s first coffee house.


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Dennis Severs, museum creator Henry Croft Theo Marzials, library 'darling'? Stanley Green, Protein Man Thomas Coram, benefactor Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, architects Helen Hanff, Anglophile Phyllis Pearsall, guide book writer Podcast: Alice Ayres, heroine Podcast: Pasqua Rosee, 1st coffee house Dick Whittington Thomas Farriner, baker Isaac Hayward, London politician Benjamin Hall, eponymist Thomas Doggett, theatre manager John Tradescant, Lambeth gardener Sam Wanamaker, director

©Getty Images, G. Braun, Civitates orbis terrarum, 1575?



More central Londoners in the Oxford DNB

The complete ODNB includes the stories of over 58,000 men & women who’ve shaped British history, worldwide. Online access is available free—anywhere, any time—via nearly all UK public libraries.

Horatio Nelson Nyree Dawn Porter Constantine I Anne Boleyn Winston Churchill Eileen Agar

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