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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th January 1964 Born today: Victoria Sellers, London England, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords)

20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)

20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.

20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

William Beckford born here



William Beckford born here

The author of Vathek and builder of Fonthill Abbey was born here

Location: 22 Soho Square, London

Description: This is where the English novelist, art critic, travel writer, politician and ambitious dandy William Beckford was born.

At the age of ten, he inherited a large fortune from his father, a former Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Beckford consisting of 1 million in cash, land at Fonthill in Wiltshire, and several sugar plantations in Jamaica.

This allowed him to indulge his interest in art and architecture, as well as writing - he wrote the impressive novel Vathek. His architecture led to him masterminding the ill-fated build of the incredible gothic folly Fonthill Abbey.

He was trained by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in music.


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William Beckford born here

The author of Vathek and builder of Fonthill Abbey was born here


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