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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
Shakespeare, The Lodger
This is where William Shakespeare lodged in 1612.
Location: Monkswell Street, London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EA
Description: This is where William Shakespeare was lodging with Christopher and Marie Mountjoy in 1612, who made 'tires', the elaborate headdresses of gold and silver wire and pearls and spangles that sat on Elizabethan ladies' coifs.
The Mountjoys were French Protestant immigrants and doing well (they supplied Queen Anne of Denmark with tires to the value of £59 a lot in those days) but Christopher was mean and disagreeable and refused to pay the agreed dowry for their only child, Mary, when she married Stephen Belott, their honest apprentice. Stephen sued in the Court of Requests, and eight years after the marriage the former lodger, by now 'William Shakespeare of Stratford upon Avon in the county of Warwickshire, gent', was called to give evidence. It is, as author of a book called The Lodger, Charles Nicholl says is the only time we hear Shakespeare’s own words reported.
But Shakespeare was not just a witness to all the furious squabbles that led up to the marriage. He also, at Mrs Mountjoy’s pleading, persuaded Stephen to marry Mary and clinched the match – 'they were made sure by Mr Shakespeare'.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London