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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Virginia Woolf's Pad
From 1920, a classy square with a rich heritage.
Location: 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, WC2H
Description: 'Gordon Square' is in the fabulously named Bloomsbury and was developed by Thomas Cubitt in the 1820s, as one of a pair with Tavistock Square, which is a block away and has the same dimensions.
As with most London squares the central garden was originally for the private use of the residents of the surrounding houses, but it now belongs to the University of London and is open to the public.
After the death of her father and Virginia Woolf's second nervous breakdown, Vanessa and Adrian sold 22 Hyde Park Gate and bought a house at 46 Gordon Square in Bloomsbury.
Virginia lived here between January 1905 to March 1907.
The economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) also lived at 46 Gordon Square between 1916-1946, and is awarded a Blue Plaque here.