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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Brinsworth House: Retired Actors
This is the retirement home of the stars.
Location: 72 Staines Road, Twickenham, tw2 5al
Description: This is where one of the entertainment industries most exclusive retirement homes can be found.
The last home of such notable entertainers as Dame Thora Hird, Alan Fluff Freeman and Charlie Drake, this brown-brick building sits back off a main road, belying the fact that it is actually set within an acre of land.
One of Brinsworth's newest residents is Emily Perry, known as Pat, who is better still famed for portraying Madge Allsop, the long-suffering best friend and bridesmaid to Dame Edna Everage.
The rooms are named after famous people who pay a sponsorship fee to have titles such as The Norman Wisdom Room or The Brian Conley Room painted on doors.
The Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund was founded in 1908. Brinsworth House was opened in 1911 to care for members of what was then the variety and music hall profession.
In addition to caring for the 32 residents of Brinsworth House, the Fund also provides financial help for 300 or so beneficiaries who are residing in their own homes.