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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

27th May 2005 Big Ben breaks down due to high temperatures.go to related location

27th May 1993 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies

27th May 1957 Siouxsie Sioux, singer of punk rockers Siouxsie and the Banshees, was born in London.

27th May 1922 Born today: Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)

27th May 1898 Arthur Pinero's Trelawney of the 'Wells', premieres in London

27th May 1199 The Coronation of John I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

St Barnabas & the Penny Chute



St Barnabas & the Penny Chute

Charity for Women with a coin pipe for accepting donations.

Location: 1 Greek Street, Soho, London

Description: 1 Greek Street is called The House of St. Barnabas-in-Soho, and is an independent charity providing housing, care and support for homeless women.

It was built in 1746, and in 1811 became the offices of the Westminster Commissioner for Works for Sewers. This is where chief engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette started to work on the construction of the London sewage system.

By 1862 the house was taken over by The House of Charity, which was established in 1846 to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people. It was one of the first hostels in London - and helped over 300,000 people. It provided short-term accommodation and daily church attendance was expected while they got back on their feet.

Charles Dickens used the house and gardens as a model for the London lodgings of Dr Manette and Lucy in A Tale of Two Cities.

Sightseers - there is a quaint pipe in the railing with a slot for coin donations. The associating plaque said that this Penny Chute had been accepting donations for homeless women for over a hundred years.

Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London

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St Barnabas & the Penny Chute

Charity for Women with a coin pipe for accepting donations.


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