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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th June 1955 Born today: Mick Jones, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
26th June 1946 Born today: Clive Francis, London England, actor (Masada)
26th June 1933 Born today: Claudio Abbado, Milan Italy, composer/conductor (London Symphony Orchestra 1982)
26th June 1909 Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
26th June 1902 The Coronation of Edward VII has to be postponed due to the future king's appendicitis.
26th June 1902 Rioting in Watford after coronation festivities cancelled.
26th June 1816 The first prisoners, all women, admitted to newly built MillBank Prison in London.
River Police Boatyard
Home to the worlds first uniformed police force
Location: Nr Wapping Rose Garden
Description: The Thames River Police was established in 1797 and was the first uniformed police force in the world.
At the time crime was a major problem on the river and was one of the reasons for building the inland docks enclosed by high walls.
Today the main problems are stolen yachts and attempted suicides. The blue and white building houses the police boats and provides maintenance facilities.
The present headquarters is just up the road and houses a museum (visits by appointment only).
Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks