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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.
The Last Hanged Forger
This is where the the maccaroni parson was buried after hanging
Location: Saint Laurence Church, Cowley, Middlesex
Description: Dr William Dodd was the last person hanged for forgery - he is buried here.
A Doctor of Divinity, William Dodd, who had been Chaplain-in-Ordinary to his Majesty, George III, was so fond of elegant dress that he was nicked named the 'maccaroni parson'. Also a spendthrift he had once before been found out as a forger and lived on the continent for two years, while the scandal subsided.
In February 1777 he forged a bond for 4200 in the name of Lord Chesterfield. When the bond was repudiated and the forgery discovered, Dodd was arrested.
Despite the efforts of Dr Samuel Johnson a petition signed by 23000 people, requesting a pardon, Dodd was hung at Tyburn on 27 June 1777, aged 48 years.
Dodd had several works published, but some have been attributed to Dr Johnson.
There is an inscription on the porch here to Dr. W. Dodd, who was the brother of the then rector.