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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
Lawrence of Arabia's Land
The land that Lawrence of Arabia owned and camped on.
Location: Pole Hill, Chingford
Description: Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, was a famous writer, scholar and soldier. He owned 18 acres of land here until he gave it to the council to protect. He frequently camped here with his friend Vyvyan Richards, a teacher at Bancroft's School who lived in a hut here called Cloisters.
Together they planned to build a house on the site and print fine books.
He died in 1935 aged just 46 in a motorcycle accident in Dorset.