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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road.go to related location

23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London

23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)

23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.go to related location

Coldplay Ancestor's Summer Time



Coldplay Ancestor's Summer Time

The father of British Summer Time lived and died here.

Location: The Cedars, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst, Broml

Description: William Willett's idea came to him while riding on Chislehurst Common one summer morning in 1905.

This grand house here was designed for him by the architect Ernest Newton, and Willett lived here between 1894 and 1915 when he died of influenza.

Here he campaigned strongly for daylight saving measures to be introduced, and wrote The Waste of Daylight - an idea causing controversy at the time and only became law one year after Willett's death in the Summertime Act of 1916.

It suddenly occurred to William Willett that during the Summer most people slept through the first two to four hours of daylight. It just seemed a terrible waste to him.

Born in Farnham, Surrey, in 1856, Willett who is the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was a builder by trade and gained a reputation for his high-quality housing.


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Coldplay Ancestor's Summer Time

The father of British Summer Time lived and died here.


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