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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th August 1999 Jef Smith, a Freeman of the City of London, drove a herd of two sheep across Tower Bridge.

19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London

19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London

19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.go to related location

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Merrick of Mile End



Merrick of Mile End

Joseph Merrick was exhibited here in the back of an empty shop

Location: Mile End Road, E14

Description: Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 186211 April 1890), known as The Elephant Man, gained the sympathy of Victorian era Britain because of the extreme deformity of his body.

Joseph was unemployable for the better part of his life. On August 29, 1884, he took a job as a sideshow attraction where he was treated decently and made a large sum for the time.

At one point during his sideshow career, Merrick was exhibited in the back of an empty shop on Mile End Road in London, where he was seen by the physician Frederick Treves.

Merrick's preserved skeleton was previously on display at the Royal London Hospital. While his remains can no longer be seen by the public, there is a small museum mostly centred around his life and has a few items from his past.


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Merrick of Mile End

Joseph Merrick was exhibited here in the back of an empty shop


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THE SHADY OLD LADY RECOMMENDS...

The Elephant Man lived hereThe Elephant Man lived here
Joesph Merrick, cruelly dubbed the Elephant man lived here.
2006-02-23

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