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Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

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The Beatles take London
The Beatles take London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th January 1989 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies

19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London

19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.

19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.go to related location

19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)

The World's First Tube Line



The World's First Tube Line

The first Underground Line in the world was opened here in 1863

Location: Off Faringdon Road

Description: The first Underground Line in the world was opened here in 1863 - at Farringdon Tube Station.

It was constructed by the 'cut and cover' method, and brought people from Paddington to the outskirts of the City. The open carriages were pulled by steam engines, which resulted in smoke enveloping the mainly smartly dressed City workers.

For the first four years of operation, passengers could alight here and walk the short distance to Newgate to witness public hangings, which were only abolished in 1867.

Nearby is the Castle Pub, which has three golden balls hanging outside. This is the only pub to have a pawnbroker's license, because the landlord once lent George IV money to cover his gambling debts.

Tagged in this Tour: Rebels, Radicals & Rough Justice

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The World's First Tube Line

The first Underground Line in the world was opened here in 1863


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