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20th July 1982 IRA bomb attacks in London

20th July 1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks

20th July 1982 T Macauly and D Vosburghs musical Windy City, premieres in London

20th July 1960 Born today: Katie Rabbet, London England, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend

20th July 1956 Born today: Paul Cook, London, rock drummer (Sex Pistols)

20th July 1944 Pierre Vinot, French ambassador to London/writer, dies

20th July 1935 Born today: Ted Rogers, Kennington London, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella)

20th July 1930 Born today: Sally Ann Howes, London England, actress (Dead of Night)

The worst street in London



The worst street in London

The so called worst street in London was Dorset Street.

Location: Dorset Street, Spitalfields, London

Description: Fiona Rule's book The Worst Street in London chronicles the history of this much changed street.

Dorset Street was situated at the heart of the Spitalfields rookery in the East End of London. Locally, it was sometimes known as Dosset Street or Dossen Street because of the large number of doss-houses.

13 Miller's Court in Dorset Street was the scene of the murder of Mary Jane Kelly by Jack the Ripper on November 9, 1888.

Dorset Street was renamed Duval Street on 28 June 1904. In 1920 the Corporation of London purchased Spitalfields Market, and demolished the whole of the north side of Duval Street, including Miller's Court.

Fiona Rule wrote: Dorset Street emerged in the 17th century as a hub of silk weaver's houses. They were then converted into lodging houses, which became the scourge of Spitalfields.

The silk weavers started moving out to Essex and the area became quickly overrun with people. The book title came from an article in the Daily Mail in 1901. [Journalist] Frederick Mackenzie called it the 'Worst Street in London' much to the annoyance of its residents. But the reality of the street was as bad as its reputation.


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The worst street in London

The so called worst street in London was Dorset Street.


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