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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Singer Tommy Steele, born in Bermondsey, London.
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
Chalk... but no Cheese
Named after lime-kilns located by the Thames.
Location: Limehouse, E14
Description: Limehouse is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is on the northern bank of the River Thames opposite Rotherhithe and between Shadwell to the west and the Isle of Dogs to the east.
However, where did such a strange name come from...well the name relates to the local lime-kilns located by the river and operated by the large potteries that served shipping in the London docks. The earliest reference to Les Lymhostes occurred in 1356.
Most of the lime produced went into London's buildings - so now you know.