The barbarous treatment of slaves was for the benefit of local gentry

The barbarous and cruel treatment of slaves, described by Mary Prince from her own experience, greatly helped the campaign for abolition. Mary Prince. Illustration by Clifford Harper. She was working as a charwoman at 4 Keppel Street (opposite Store Street) in 1829 after fleeing her slave owner John Wood (1783-1836) of Leigh Street, Bloomsbury. Wood …

New television production firm delighted to be in Fitzrovia

Three men standing.

Watch out for programmes on Channel 4, BT Sports or BBC Worldwide credited to Nail On The Head Productions. They are a new company which opened at Percy Street in September by three media people all with local connections. The managing director is Damon Earnshaw, who has been an art director on many films, including Swept …

From jazz pioneers to township jive exiles

Cover of book with black musicians.

Sounds Like London, 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital. By Lloyd Bradley (Serpent's Tail, £12.99). The first black band to make its mark in the UK played in Great Portland Street almost 100 years ago. And the area's clubs and record shops which had an enormous influence in developing Black Music in the …

Great train robbery mastermind worked at Middlesex Hospital

  Bruce Reynolds, mastermind of the Great Train Robbery of 1963, died in February so did not "celebrate" its 50th anniversary in August. The robbery took place near Leighton Buzzard at 3 am on August 8 when the haul was over £2.6 million (worth about £45 million at today's prices). When caught most received sentences …