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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Poet Helena Mott
This fine plaque marks the house that poet Helena Mott lived in.
Location: 115 Maze Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8XQ
Description: Poet Helena Mott lived here from 1941 and died here in February 1951 and has one of the finest plaques on the front of the house including one of her poems:
The summer's breath is spent upon the hills
Behold, remember and rejoice
She seems to say
I give you colour
That the colour of your winter
May be eased
Until I come again.
Her Husband Joseph was the Art Director of Royal Doulton. Their two daughters, who never married were Ursula, who worked for UNESCO and Helena, who was an actress. When Joseph died Helena gave up the stage to look after her mother. After Helena (senior) died in 1951 Ursula moved in with Helena and the two Miss Motts lived together until they both passed away recently.