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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
St Katherine's Dock Marina
Thomas Telford constructed this dock back in 1828
Location: Off Smithfield
Description: Thomas Telford constructed the dock in 1828.
The name 'St. Katherine's' comes from the twelfth century religious foundation, which has always been under the patronage of the current Queen. It provided refuge for a community of poor people.
The foundation still exists and has been relocated to Limehouse.
The aim of this dock was to take business from the earlier docks that were constructed to the east, further from the City of London. Unfortunately the railways were invented soon afterwards, and so it was more convenient to unload cargoes with rail access further downstream, than for the ships to come all the way up to the Tower Bridge area.
The enterprise was not successful and was soon taken over by the London Dock Company. St. Katherine's was the first to close after the collapse of the docks in the 1970s, and the first to be converted to modern use - in this case a marina.
Tagged in this Tour: The Doctor Whoish tour of London
Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks