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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The first tea was sold here in the famous old coffee houses.
Location: Bank, London
Description: The great fire of Cornhill in March 1748 was started here and went on to destroy nearly 100 houses, including the two famous rival coffee-houses, Jonathan's and Jerusalem here.
Garraways famous coffee house was first burnt down in this fire, and lasted another 120 years before closing down for good. Garraways was much celebrated for its sandwiches, sherry, pale ale, and punch. Thomas Garraway was the first man who sold tea in London, and was renowned for it's quality.