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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd August 1940 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
23rd August 1933 First televised boxing match took place in London, between Archie Sexton and Laurie Raiteri.
23rd August 1905 Born today: Leonard Constant Lambert, London England, composer (King Pest)
23rd August 1617 1st one-way streets open (London)
Four Minute Mile in 18th Century
Could the first four minute mile have been completed here?
Location: Hackney Road, Shoreditch
Description: St Leonard's Church (sometimes called Shoreditch Church) dates from about 1740. The church is mentioned in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch.
James Parrott a costermonger is reputed on 9 May 1770 to have run a four minute mile. His route began at the wall of the Charterhouse off Goswell Road, before crossing and turning down Old Street, finishing at St Leonard's, Shoreditch.
Although timing methods at this time were accurate enough, following the invention of the chronometer by John Harrison, to measure the four minutes correctly, and sporting authorities of the time accepted the claim as genuine, the record is not recognised by modern sporting bodies.