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IN THE NEWS
TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th October 1960 In Britain, News Chronicle and Daily Mail merge, and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
18th October 1950 Born today: Sheila White, London England, actress (I Claudius)
Did Chaplin get the bug Here
Once the location of the Canterbury Music Hall and Mr Chaplin
Location: 143 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1
Description: This spot was once the location of 'Canterbury Music Hall', erected by Charles Mortin in 1852 on the site of an old skittle-alley adjacent to his Canterbury Tavern, alas it was destroyed by bombing in 1942.
So what is the significance...
Well a chap called 'Charlie Chaplin', who was the the son of music hall performers - Hannah, who suffered mental illness and Charles, who left her when Charlie was three.
And it was here that a young Chaplin used to watch his father perform, and where he no doubt got the performance bug that led to his own legendary career.