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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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.