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Charles Dickens' London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd February 1983 Actress Emily Blunt was born 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)

Kenneth Williams lived here



Kenneth Williams lived here

Kenneth Williams lived and died here - from a suspected overdose

Location: 8 Marlborough House, Osnaburgh Street

Description: This is where legendary carry on comedian 'ooh matron' lived in from 1972 until his death here on the 15th April 1988.

In later years Williams' health declined, along with that of his elderly mother, and his depression deepened. He died on 15 April 1988 from an overdose of barbiturates. An inquest recorded an open verdict into his death as it was not possible to establish whether his death was the result of suicide or an accident.

The last sentence Williams wrote in his diary:

By 6.30 pain in the back was pulsating as it's never done before so this, plus the stomach trouble combines to torture me oh what's the bloody point?

The flat was later bought by Rob Brydon and Julia Davis for the writing of their dark comedy series, Human Remains.

The building was due to be demolished in a controversial regeneration scheme agreed in 2006.

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Kenneth Williams lived here

Kenneth Williams lived and died here - from a suspected overdose


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Marlborough House has indeed since been demolished and on 10th October 2009 a new blue plaque to Williams was unveiled at 57 Marchmont Street at the flat where Williams grew up (1935-56) above the barbers shop his father used to run. (Michael Coates)
Posted by Michael Coates on 2009-10-11
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