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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North 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