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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)

23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)

23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating

23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London

23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.

Goldsmith and Blackstone



Goldsmith and Blackstone

This is where neighbour Goldsmith constantly annoyed Blackstone.

Location: 2 Brick Court, Temple, London

Description: In 1765 author Oliver Goldsmith moved in here at number 2 Brick Court where he purchased the rooms for 400 and spent plenty more on the decor and furniture.

Much to the annoyance of his downstairs neighbour Sir William Blackstone, he regularly invited hoards of guests to join him in all night parties. Blackstone repeatedly complained about the constant racket from the room above.

Oliver Goldsmith lived out the remaining years of his life here and died in 1774.

Twenty years later these chambers saw resident Miss Broderick, and in expectation of a promise one evening, she paced the floor-boards waiting for her lover, Mr Eddington. When he eventually arrived - hours late - he was subjected to a grilling of such intensity that would have made any lawyer appear as a novice.

His dithering excuse was that he had been delayed by his pals down at the local. A feeble try, she thought - and shot him dead.

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