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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th April 1965 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
19th April 1935 Born today in Dagenham: Dudley Moore comedian & actor (Pete and Dud, 10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks)
19th April 1927 Vagabond King opens in London
19th April 1919 Opera Monsieur Beaucaire is produced (London)
19th April 1916 Bing Boys are Here opens in London
19th April 1911 George Bernard Shaw's Fanny's First Play, premieres in London
19th April 1839 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom and Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
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.