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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
Porchester Hall and Mr Creosote
Ths location of the Mr Creosote sketch from The Meaning of Life.
Location: 45 Porchester Road, Bayswater, London, W2 5HS
Description: The Porchester Hall was opened in 1929 alongside the Turkish Baths and Library on Porchester Road. It provided the Borough of Paddington with a dignified Public Hall intended primarily for use by the residents in the area, its beauty and convenience proving to appeal to a wider circle.
The Hall was available for concerts, whist drives, banquets, dances, receptions and meetings. The foundation stone was laid by the Mayor Leonard Snell, JP, and this can be found at the Halls main entrance.
Recent events include BBC1 Session with Amy Winehouse & Yusuf Islam, leading international rockers Arcade fire, EMI record label showcase with Corrine Bailey Rae, The Magic Numbers & Badly Drawn Boy, venue of BBC1s Question time and a host of London fashion week.
It is however more infamous for being the location where Monty Python's most memorable sketch in 1983's The Meaning of Life was filmed. It was here that Mr Creosote made an impression after that fatal last waffer-thin mint!
Tagged in this Tour: Monty Python Tour of London