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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

1st May 2001 The first police use of kettling in London for the May Day Protests (at Oxford Circus).

1st May 1992 The last Arsenal game with standing on the North Bank, also David Rocastle's last game for Arsenal, in a 5-1 win over Southampton.go to related location

1st May 1979 Prince Charles opens the Jubilee line and takes the first journey.

1st May 1851 The Great Exhibition opens in the astonishing Crystal Palace.

1st May 1777 RB Sheridans School for Scandal, premieres in London

Barn Elms Kit Cat House



Barn Elms Kit Cat House

This is where the old Barn Elms House once stood.

Location: Barn Elms, Putney, London

Description: This is where the old Barn Elms house used to be, before it burned down and was demolished in 1949. The Kit-Cat Club met here, when publisher Jacob Tonson was living here and he built a room specially for the club here.

The club originally consisted of thirty-nine, afterwards of forty-eight members, and included among others the duke of Marlborough, Lords Halifax and Somers, Sir Robert Walpole, Vanbrugh, Congreve, Steele and Addison. The portraits of many of the members were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller, himself a member, of a uniform size suited to the height of the Barn Elms room in which the club dined. The canvas, 36 X 28 in., admitted of less than a half-length portrait but was sufficiently long to include a hand, and this is known as the kit-cat size.

Now the open space is a natural and sporting haven within the northern bend of the river.

In the 1770s the formal lake was enlarged and made into a serpentine formation in the Capability Brown style. Some large Plane trees remain from the late 17th century - one of exceptional size is mentioned in Alan Mitchells Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. It takes six people to reach around the trunk!


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Barn Elms Kit Cat House

This is where the old Barn Elms House once stood.


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