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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
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.