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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
Samuel Coleridge Died Here
This is where Samuel Coleridge lived, wrote poetry, and died.
Location: 3 The Grove, Highgate, London, N6 6JU
Description: Samuel Coleridge (1772-1834) died of heart failure here, and is buried in St Michael's at The Grove.
He was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who with his friend William Wordsworth, was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement.
He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as his major prose work Biographia Literaria.
In 1817 Coleridge, with his addiction worsening and in depression, his family alienated, moved here at the home of the physician James Gillman. He composed much poetry here and had many inspirations a few of them from opium overdose, mostly in the top floor room - now called the Coleridge Room.
The author of Rime of The Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan died of a lung disorder eventually causing heart failure probably from the opium that he was taking on July 25, 1834.
He was also one of the Lake Poets.
William Wordsworth visited the ailing Coleridge here, and essayists Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt and poet Robert Southey all visited.
Fellow author JB Priestley also lived here later, between 1935 and 1939, and he extended and renovated the house. His walks around Highgate and up from Whitestone Pond inspired many of his famous talks.