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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
St Patrick's Church and Tunnels
This is where Tommy Steele got married and nearly caused a riot.
Location: 21a Soho Square, London, W1D 4NR
Description: St Patrick's Church is a Roman Catholic Parish Church that was consecrated on 29 September 1792, the first Catholic church built in England after the English Reformation.
The church has an unusual long and thin shape due to plot constrictions given at that time, constructed out of bricks with a bell-tower.
The freehold was bought for the church for 9,000 in 1865 by Father Thomas Barge, the then parish priest, an Englishman trained for the priesthood in Lisbon, who had begun his priestly ministry at St Patrick's in 1847 when he was known as the handsome curate. He was still there forty years later, when he died after serving 25 years as parish priest, with his funeral drawing a crowd that packed out the Square and surrounding streets.
This is the church where singer Tommy Steele married former Windmill dancer and singer Ann Donoghue on 19th June 1960, where more than 2000 fans showed up and a strong police presence kept them under control.
It is rumoured that the catacombs under the church extend out some distance across the square.