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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Up the Junction
200 acres of fine common land with colourful characters
Location: Clapham Common Southside, SW4
Description: 'Clapham Common' is a triangular area of grassland of about 200 acres (0.8 km) in size, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham.
The common is surrounded by many fine houses which began to be built in the 1790s and became fashionable dwellings in (what was then) this village south of London. As London expanded in the 19th century this became part of a built-up area, and Clapham was eventually absorbed into the capital.
It also seems the common has a more 'colourful' side as part of the Common has a reputation as a gay meeting place, and was featured in a heterosexual capacity in the 'Squeeze' song 'Up the Junction', and was also connected with the famous Ron Davies 'moment of madness' incident in 1998.
It has also been the venue for a number of annual Gay Pride festivals. The bushy regions of the common are used by homosexual men for 'cottaging' activities - the filthy so-and-so's.