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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

26th September 1977 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate Skytrain service, London to NY

26th September 1963 Born today: Lysette Anthony, London, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch)

26th September 1961 Author Will Self was born in Finchley, North London.

26th September 1947 Born today: Graham Faulkner, London, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon)

26th September 1926 JB Fagan's And So to Bed, premieres in London

26th September 1907 Born today: Ralph Michael, London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)

26th September 1087 The Coronation of William II in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

They were in Dire Straits



They were in Dire Straits

Home to Mark Knopfler and the legends that were Dire Straits

Location: 1 Farrer House, Deptford, NW1

Description: And so to sunny Deptford...

The area is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne, and from the mid 16th century to the late 19th was home to Deptford Dockyard, the first of the Royal Dockyards.

Deptford also has some serious musical connections.

'Dire Straits', the successful British rock group, shared a council flat at this very location, in Farrer House on Deptford's Crossfield Estate in the early days of their career.

Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed by Mark Knopfler (vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion), and managed by Ed Bicknell, active between 1977 and 1995.

Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock was at the forefront, Dire Straits played a more conventional style, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s.

In their early days, Mark and David requested that pub owners turn down their sound so that patrons could converse while the band played, an indication of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful, with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

The band Squeeze lived in Deptford in the late 1970s and recorded on the Deptford Fun City label.

Chris Difford (of Squeeze) briefly lived on the Crossfield Estate in Congers House.

The bands Athlete, Bloc Party and Art Brut originated from 'Deptford Scene'. The Saudis and The Pepys often drink in the Little Crown.

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They were in Dire Straits

Home to Mark Knopfler and the legends that were Dire Straits


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