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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)
19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)
19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.
A Bridge and a Rose
Bridge-building Lord Mayor is fined a freshly plucked rose.
Location: Seething Lane, EC3N
Description: Some time ago, one of the earlier Lord Major's took it upon himself to put on his construction hat and look handy in the architecture stakes...
He duly built a bridge over Seething Lane to connect his two houses...without permission. Well, either he was incredibly lazy, stupid, or just liked spending Londoner's money...or indeed all of the above - but justice was to prevail.
He was subsequently fined, and what a ridiculous one it was - a fine of a freshly plucked rose!
This rose symbol is still presented to new Lord Major at the annual ceremony.