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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
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.