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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th November 1960 TV presenter Jonathan Ross was born in Camden, London.
17th November 1877 Gilbert/Sullivans operette Sorcerer, premieres in London
17th November 1842 Opera Linda di Chamounix is produced (London)
Enid Bagnold's Cow
Playwright Enid Bagnold author of The Chalk Garden lived here.
Location: 29 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London
Description: Sir Roderick Jones, the chairman of Reuter's, and his wife, the playwright Enid Bagnold (1889-1981) lived here in the 1920's.
In 1928 they engaged architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to make some remarkable changes to the house - including Enid's writing-room 'a room like a ship's cabin' hoisted high in the bedroom - the staircase post featured a revolving copper ball, so that Miss Bagnold, if she woke up in the middle of the night with a literary inspiration, could run down the staircase into the room and propel herself into her chair in a single movement.
Enid was rumoured to have kept a cow here to solve her fresh milk problem.
The plaque was added in 1991.