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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
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.