The Folly on the Thames

This is the History of (important dates and events) the British magic, not a list of Folly/Falcon related crimes.

  • 16th Century - Dr John Dee investigates magic.[1]
  • 17th Century - Sir Isaac Newton codifies the principles of magic.[2]
  • Early 18th Century - Caroline of Ansbach gathers intellectuals and scientists at her court. Among them was Phillip Boucherett, former protégé of sir Isaac Newton.[3]
  • 1725 - 'Society of Practitioners' disbanded.
  • 1725-1775 - The 'Folly on the Thames', a coffee shop moored in front of Somerset House used as a meeting place for practitioners.[4][5] There is a write-up of the real Folly in British History Online.
  • 1750s - Elizabeth Montagu holds salons, and she and her Blue Stocking friends start La Société de la Rose. The Société is open for both males and females.[6]
  • 1760s - Members of the famed Edinburgh Club, who have been arriving in London for some time, start calling themselves practitioners.[7]
  • 1775 - The Folly is established and relocates to the house at Russell Square.[8] They call themselves the Society of the Wise.[9] Women were not allowed.[10]
  • 1812 - After the Treaty of Ghent, British practitioners abandoned the alliance they had formed with the Tecumseh's Confederacy. Before that they had learned Tecumseh's medicine men some Newtonian magic.[11]
  • 19th of January 1945 - The Battle of Ettersberg.[12]
  • Middle of the 1960s - An unexplained, slow but steady increase of magical activity.[13]
  • 2012 - The Folly gets its first official apprentice since before WWII.[14]


  1. Detective Stories #1
  2. Rivers of London
  3. The Hanging Tree
  4. Body Work #3
  5. The Hanging Tree
  6. The Hanging Tree
  7. The Hanging Tree
  8. Rivers of London
  9. The Furthest Station
  10. The Hanging Tree
  11. The Hanging Tree
  12. Moon Over Soho
  13. Rivers of London
  14. Rivers of London