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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th September 1970 Rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies in London.
18th September 1962 Footballer John Fashanu was born in Kensington.
18th September 1946 Actor Nicholas Clay was born in Streatham.
18th September 1922 Brass Band composer Ray Steadman-Allen was born in Clapton.
18th September 1809 The Royal Opera House opened for the first time.
Little Compton Street
This is where the long gone Little Compton Street can be seen.
Location: Charing Cross Road, London
Description: In the middle of Charing Cross Road at its junction with Old Compton Street there's a raised central traffic island with a wide metal grill.
Through the grill beneath your feet you can see the old road signs for the now vanished Little Compton Street, which once joined Old Compton Street with New Compton Street.
On Horwood's map of 1799 the part between Greek Street and Crown Street is called Little Compton Street and is so named in the parish ratebooks from the 1820's.
It's clear the street here was much lower than all the area here today, a pub called the Coach and Horses was stationed at the address of 17 Little Compton Street. The basements of the buildings in the immediate vicinity could well have been ground level generations previous.
Tagged in this Tour: Quirky London
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012