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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.
The Children of Capland Street
This is where the famous Capland Street ghost story was based.
Location: Capland Street, St Johns Wood, London
Description: This road has a long connection with a ghost story of children crying at night here. Some locals believe the stories to derive from children who died at an orphanage which stood between here and the Euston Road once.
Others say the story derives from a cobbler called Nicholls who lived here, and one day was dismissed from his work on the Edgware Road. Wracked with debt he killed his 4 youngest children by slitting their throats before committing suicide.
Henry Duggan published a story similar to this in a pamphlet at the time and an inquest was reported in The Times on 18th April 1872.