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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd September 1924 Illustrator and author Charles Keeping was born in Lambeth.
22nd September 1891 Footballer and writer Charlie Buchan was born in Plumstead.
22nd September 1870 5-time British Wimbledon tennis champion Charlotte Cooper was born in Ealing.
22nd September 1788 Author, practical joker and inventor of the postcard, Theodore Hook, was born in London.
22nd September 1761 The Coronation of George III in Westminster Abbey.
22nd September 1735 Robert Walpole the first British Prime Minister to live at 10 Downing Street.
22nd September 1694 Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, creator of Gregorian calendar, was born in London.
A ghostly Bricklayer
Haunted by a dust covered bricklayer.
Location: South Black Lion Lane, W6 9TJ
Description: Tainted with the haunted brush much like many public houses in London, this pub in Hammersmith has a rich quirky history.
Now called the Black Lion, in the 1700s it was named the Black Swan and made famous by the literary cases of the author Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890 - 1971), or as he was commonly known, A. P. Herbert - in particular his writings named 'The Water Gypsies'.
Now this boozer has a rather unfortunate ghost story. Two hundred years ago, Francis Smith, an excise officer, decided to investigate the supernatural goings on nearby and lay in wait for the ghost, gun at the ready. In the dead of night the ghost appeared. He fired, killing a dust covered bricklayer, by the name of Thomas Milward. His body was then taken to the Black Lion inn...and a ghost was born.
Tagged in this Tour: The Great London Ghost Tour