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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
The Samuel Gurney Memorial
Long forgotten philanthropist Samuel Gurney's memorial is here.
Location: Broadway, Stratford, London
Description: Samuel Gurney (1786-1856) was a local long time resident and a prominent and influential Quaker.
He supported his sister Elizabeth Fry in her work to improve prison conditions and played an important role in securing the emancipation of black slaves. He campaigned long and hard in his philanthropic work and also campaigned to abolish the death penalty.
The obelisk and grey granite memorial here states: In Rememberance of Samuel Gurney who died the 5th June 1856. Erected by his fellow parishioners and friends 1861. When the ear heard him it then blessed him.