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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
The Devils of Cornhill
The famous devils of cornhill - mocking the naive locals.
Location: St Peter upon Cornhill, Gracechurch Street, Lond
Description: In the nineteenth century a very observant vicar at this church noticed that plans for building a new structure next door intruded by one foot onto church territory.
He raised legal objections and forced the architect to redraw their plans.
In gleeful triumph he added three terracotta devils to the building facing Cornhill from the South. These can easily be seen silhouetted against the sky if you stand on the north side. They were reputedly to mock those locals who supported the ill-fated plans.
One of the devils spits, another sticks its fingers up, and all of them cast grotesque greetings down onto parishioners entering the church. The devil closest to the street apparently bears more than a passing resemblance to the unlucky rector.
Tagged in this Tour: Curios
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012