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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th September 1924 Born today: Sheila MacRae, London England, actress (Jackie Gleason Show)
24th September 1918 Born today: Richard Hoggart, author/warden (Goldsmith's College London)
24th September 1917 Born today: William Putnam Bundy, London, editor (Lvaggerier and Vagaries)
24th September 1853 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
24th September 1717 Horace Walpole, art historian and gothic author was born in London.
Lord Byron's Bolthole
Back in 1813, poet Lord Byron lived next door to this very pub
Location: 6 Bennet Street, St James's, SW1A 1RP
Description: Lord Byron's Bolthole?...Well it might have been...Back in 1813, poet Lord Byron lived next door to this very pub - the 'Blue Posts'.
Indeed the pub was actually destroyed in World War II but even prior to this a pub of this name was mentioned on this site by the Restoration dramatist George Etheredge as early as 1667.
And so to the name...the, Blue Posts, (two azure painted poles) once stood in the tavern's forecourt and served as an advertisement for a fleet of sedan chairs which used to ply for hire in Bennet Street. So now you know.