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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd February 1982 Michael Frayn's Noises Off, premieres in London
23rd February 1981 Princess Diana moves out of her flat ahead of her announcement the following day.
23rd February 1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
23rd February 1950 Born today: Steve Priest, London, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes)
23rd February 1945 2nd Dutch govt of Gerbrandy forms in London
23rd February 1918 Magician Chung Ling Soo's Catch the Bullet With Your Teeth goes wrong and he is killed on stage.
23rd February 1910 George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, premieres in London
23rd February 1895 Born today: Richard Goolden, London England, actor (School for Husbands)
23rd February 1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
23rd February 1817 Born today: George Watts, London, painter
23rd February 1792 Artist Sir Joshua Reynolds died in his house in Leicester Fields, London.
23rd February 1776 Born today: John Walter II, London, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47)
23rd February 1633 Born today: Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)
Wanstead's Stolen Cherry Pie
The site of a stone commemorating a stolen Cherry pie!
Location: Kingfisher Avenue, Wanstead
Description: When this public house was rebuilt an inscribed stone was preserved and is visible on the Southern wall on the exterior of the building.
It records the fact that one of the workmen in 1752 stretched out his hand and stole a cherry pie from a passing baker. The magistrate found him guilty and fined him half a guinea.
The inscription is in the form of a rhyming verse, some poetic licence may have been involved and this might affect it's accuracy.
In Memory of
ye Cherry Pey [Pie]
As cost 1/2 a Guiney
ye 17 of July
That day we had good cheer
I hope to so do maney a Year
R C 1752 D Terry
The story has come under severe strutiny - the stone was placed there by the then-publican David Jersey (the name has been changed in repeated re-carvings of the stone to D Terry), who was born in East Ham in 1697 of a family of East Ham innkeepers their family grave is still prominent in East Ham churchyard, though David Jersey, who died in 1754, is buried in Wanstead.
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