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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st June 1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rice's musical Evita, premiers in London
21st June 1944 Born today: Ray Davies, London, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing)
21st June 1937 The first TV broadcast of a tennis match from Wimbledon was of a first round match between Bunny Austin and George Rogers.
21st June 1930 Born today: Peter Marshall, police commissioner (London)
21st June 1921 Born today: Jean Kent, London England, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake)
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