Esoteric London

No. 1136: Church Hill, E17

Posted in Churches, Parks, Wildlife by esotericlondon on July 7, 2014

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St. Mary’s Churchyard, Church Hill, London, E17. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

Curiosities Of London Exhibiting The Most Rare And Remarkable Objects Of Interest In The Metropolis; With Nearly Sixty Years Personal Recollections – John Timbs, 1867:

The Reptile-house [in the Zoological Society’s Gardens, Regent’s Park] was fitted up in 1849; the creatures are placed in large plate-glass cases: here are pythons and a rattle-snake, with a young one born here; here is also a case of the tree-frogs of Europe: a yellow snake from Jamaica has produced eight young in the gardens. Cobra de Capello, from India: in 1852, a keeper in the gardens was killed by the bite of this serpent. A large Boa in 1850 swallowed a blanket, and disgorged it in thirty-three days.

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