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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st March 1974 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall

21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London

21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London

21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.

21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer

21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London

21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.go to related location

21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London

Rossetti's Grave Digging



Rossetti's Grave Digging

This is where Dante Gabriel Rossetti opened his wifes coffin.

Location: Highgate Cemetery, London

Description: This is the site of Rossetti's grave and that of his dead wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) Siddall.

When Lizzie died from an overdose of laudanum in 1862, Dante was so grief stricken he buried a grey calf-bound handwritten volume of his own unpublished poems.

Seven years later he returned here in the dead of night to retrieve the book which had been partially eaten by a worm to publish them with new poems before he joined Lizzie here in this plot.

The story goes that Lizzies infamous long red hair (see Millais' painting Ophelia) had continued to grow and was after 7 years dead in great condition.

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