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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Heir to Spike Milligan's Throne
Spike Milligan's character Ethel Shroake lived here.
Location: 393A High Street, Leytonstone
Description: Spike Milligan based a character who lived here in his 1969 play and subsequent film The Bed-Sitting Room.
The fictional character was the closest heir to the British throne after the outbreak of nuclear war.
She was a Mrs. Ethel Shroake of 393a High Street, Leytonstone, who eventually appears in the final scene.
Note that it is Leytonstone High Road rather than High Street in the real world.