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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.
21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
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.