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The Beatles take London
The Beatles take London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

29th January 2009 The London Astoria's last ever gig prior to demolition.go to related location

29th January 1996 6,138th performance of Cats is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, A Chorus Line

29th January 1944 285 German bombers attack London

29th January 1850 Born today: Ebenezer Howard, London, pioneer of garden cities

29th January 1798 Born today: Henry Neele, London, poet

29th January 1728 John Gays' Beggar's Opera, premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]

A very fine cat indeed!



A very fine cat indeed!

Hodge the cat! Samuel Johnson's immortalised and favourite pet

Location: 17 Gough Square, SE1

Description: Hodge the cat! Looking as well-fed as his owner, Samuel Johnson, Hodge is described as 'a very fine cat'.

Indeed, the feline was one of Samuel Johnson's (1709-1784) pets, immortalised in a characteristically whimsical passage in James Boswell's 'Life of Johnson'.

Number 17 Gough Square, London, was the home of Dr Samuel Johnson which he shared with his much loved cat, Hodge. Not many cats have a statue erected in their honour, but opposite the house, which is now a museum, stands a charming bronze of this famous eighteenth century feline. It was sculpted by Jon Bickley, a former zookeeper.

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A very fine cat indeed!

Hodge the cat! Samuel Johnson's immortalised and favourite pet


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