Hailing from Holborn in 1681, Whipping Tom would stalk the streets alone, and when he saw a similarly unaccompanied woman, would lift their dress, and slap their buttocks yelling “Spanko!” He apparently attacked with such speed that people thought he had supernatural powers, and male vigilantes began to prowl the streets dressed in women’s clothing. After he was caught, the attacks stopped until 30 years later when a copycat sprung up in Hackney.
When there was a train service for dead people
No really. Back in 1854, the dead were overcrowding London’s cemeteries and as a result they started moving burials out to Surrey, using the London Necropolis Railway to shift the bodies. It had its own platform in Waterloo fully equipped with private mourning rooms, funeral areas, and even a hydraulic lift to move the deceased ready for their final journey.
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Haley Forest is a London writer who considers herself to be one of the weirder things to happen to the capital, too. See the proof at @HCForest.