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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Edward III's Queen's Park
Philippa of Hainault, Queen of Edward III's back garden
Location: Hainault Forest
Description: 'Hainault Forest Country Park' is one of the remaining sections of the former Forest of Essex in England.
Located in Hainault in the London Borough of Redbridge, it is 136 hectares (336 acres) in size, and the forest is said to bear its name in deference to Philippa of Hainault, queen of Edward III, belonged to the abbey of Barking until the dissolution of the monasteries.
In a survey made for Henry VIII in 1544 its extent was some 3000 acres.
The forest land was condemned as waste by an Act of Parliament, 1851, disafforested, the deer removed, the old growth forest cut down, and the land divided for building lots, for a growing London.
After public pressure to retain some remnant headed by North Buxton, a total of 804 acres (3.3 km2) of land, which included 253 acres (1.0 km2) of woodland and rough pasture) was bought for public use on 21 July 1906.
It includes the Hainault Forest Golf Club and a large lake, as well as a farm, partly for rare breeds of animal.