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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.
The Magpie and Stump
The pub where Hanging Breakfast's were order of the day.
Location: 18 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP
Description: The pub The Magpie & Stump dating to around 1550, stands on the site of the original pub of the same name, and opposite the Old Bailey which itself stands on the site of what was once Newgate prison.
Up until public hangings were abolished in 1868, the upstairs rooms used to be rented out on public holidays so as to provide the wealthy with a prime vantage point of the gallows. The speciality for these events was a 'hanging breakfast'!
In 1868, Michael Barrett was the last person to be executed publicly.
In the 17th century the Magpie and Stump housed one of the 'clubs' known as mughouses, so called because every man had his own mug.
The last woman to be hanged in public was serial killer Catherine Wilson who was hung outside here before an incredible crowd of 20,000 on 20th October 1862.