Whilst I was away researching for the new season of Murder Mile UK True Crime Podcast, I recorded a short video series called Places Which Changed The World. If you live and/or work in London, there are several places you pass every day and not realise how important they are to our lives. They're only short and are YouTube links so tyhey won't eat up your data.
This is Part One - the junction at Southampton Row and Russell Square where the life's work of physicist Leo Szilard suddenly made sense.
This is Part Two - 64 Baker Street, the former headquarters of SOE (Special Operations Executive), also known as Churchill's Secret Army and the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.
This is Part Three - the south-swest wing of St Pancras Hospital, where on 28th January 1943 a homeless man was admitted, having mistakenly eaten bread laced with rat poison,and later died. His name was Glyndwr Michael, he died unknown, but became a vital part of Operation Mincemeat, which changed the course of World War Two forever. To learn all about the life and death of Glyndwr Michael, click here
This is Part Four - the Tyburn Tree at Marble Arch, one of the premiere public execution sites in London, used not onlyt as a deterant to those considering a life of crime in London, but also as a public spectacle.
This is Part Five - a discrete little building on Palmer Street in St James. When you exit St James tube, you'd probably walk passed it without even realising its significance... as this was the former headquarters of GCHQ - Britain's information, codebreaking and intelligence gathering base.
This is Part Six - You probably know this as The Old Bailey (it's real name is the Central Criminal Court) but prior to its construction, on this site stood Newgate Prison on the side of which was attached a hangman's gallows where more than 1000 people were publically executed.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime writer, podcaster of Murder Mile UK True Crime and creator of true-crime TV series.
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