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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st January 2006 River Thames Bottlenose Whale found dead near Albert Bridge.

21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.

21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)

21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London

21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London

21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London

21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.

21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.

The Riceyman Steps



The Riceyman Steps

26 steps immortalised in Arnold Bennetts The Riceyman Steps

Location: To Granville Place, London

Description: Granville Square is reached from King's Cross Road via 26 stone steps, immortalised in Arnold Bennett's odd novel of that title.


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The Riceyman Steps

26 steps immortalised in Arnold Bennetts The Riceyman Steps


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For anyone interested in Arnold Bennetts 1923 novel Riceyman Steps, visit www.amwellsociety.co.uk to and go to the history section where there is an excellent slide show concerning the location of Riceyman Steps, the surrounding area and the characters in the story. (David Sulkin)
Posted by David Sulkin on 2008-02-13
Arthur Machens stories and memoirs may well be of interest to readers drawn to this region. Machen (1863-1947) was fascinated by the area east of the Grays Inn Road, feeling it had a marvellous, miraculous atmosphere and was the haunt of people who had lost their way in life. (See "Things Near & Far", the second volume of his autobiography.) Several of his fantasy stories take place in the Lloyd Square area, although he does not usually name the district. See the chapter "Strange Occurrence in Clerkenwell" in his supernatural thriller "The Three Impostors" (1895) and his stories "The Islington Mystery" (1927) and "Out of the Picture" (1936). Machen read "Riceyman Steps" but was critical of it, since he thought Bennett hadnt made the most of the fascinating corner of London he chosen for his story. Theres a Machen soceity for anyone who becomes hooked on his works. (Roger Dobson)
Posted by Roger Dobson on 2007-05-26
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