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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Rolling Stones London Tour
The Rolling Stones London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th March 1960 Born today: Steve Norman, London, rock sax (Spandau Ballet-True)

25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.go to related location

25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.go to related location

25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)

25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.go to related location

Rossetti's Grave Digging



Rossetti's Grave Digging

This is where Dante Gabriel Rossetti opened his wifes coffin.

Location: Highgate Cemetery, London

Description: This is the site of Rossetti's grave and that of his dead wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) Siddall.

When Lizzie died from an overdose of laudanum in 1862, Dante was so grief stricken he buried a grey calf-bound handwritten volume of his own unpublished poems.

Seven years later he returned here in the dead of night to retrieve the book which had been partially eaten by a worm to publish them with new poems before he joined Lizzie here in this plot.

The story goes that Lizzies infamous long red hair (see Millais' painting Ophelia) had continued to grow and was after 7 years dead in great condition.

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