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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
The Cable Street Mural
One of the best loved anti-fascist murals in London.
Location: 236 Cable Street, London
Description: The Cable Street mural was painted to celebrate the victory against fascism and the Blackshirts on 4th October 1936.
This became known as the Battle of Cable Street. A march by Sir Oswald Moseley's fascist supporters was opposed
by many groups and rioting broke out, the worst concentrated on Cable Street. The distrubances led Parliament to pass
the Public Order Act 1936, which empowered police to ban demonstrations
The mural was planned in 1979 and took a year to design and paint, it was completed in 1981. The mural was painted by Ray Walker, Paul Butler and Desmond Rochfort. Dave Binnington had originally planned and researched it but quit after the his early work was destroyed vandals. When they were planning the design for the mural the artists carried out historical research into the events that took place at the battle of Cable Street by looking at books, photographs and films about the event.
It's on the side of St. George's Hall.
Tagged in this Tour: Top Ten London Murals