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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th July 1973 Peter Shaffers Equus, premieres in London
26th July 1973 Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale born in London.
26th July 1966 England beat Portugal 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Final.
26th July 1950 Born today: Susan George, London England, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo)
26th July 1895 Born today: Jerry Verno, London England, actor (River of Unrest, Sweeney Todd)
26th July 1895 Born today: Robert Graves, London England, writer/poet (I Claudius) [or 6/26]
26th July 1891 Henry James' American, premieres in London
26th July 1842 Born today: Alfred Marshall, London, economist
26th July 1802 Born today: Winthrop Mackworth Praed, London, poet/politician
The Wig and Pen Club
Gossip, Tabloids and haunted by Oliver Cromwell
Location: 230 The Strand, Westminster, London, WC2R 1BA
Description: This is where the Wig and Pen Club - an exclusive private members club, directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice and hence where gossip was sold to journalists by those appearing in court (hence the name). Since 2003 it has been a Thai restaurant.
Architecturally the building is extraordinary - it is one of the few in this part of London and indeed the only one here on The Strand to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666.
It was built in 1625 on Roman ruins and still has the original wooden suspended staircase, believed to be the only one of its kind still in existence anywhere in the world.
It was once the home of the Gatekeeper of Temple Bar, who began by selling a pennorth of meat and bread to the milling crowds gathered to view the severed heads of traitors displayed on the spikes of Temple Gate.
It now plays host to very exclusive clientele from around the world.
It is reputed that Oliver Cromwell haunts here, with some very unusual noises at night when the building is empty.
The leaded stained-glass window bearing the buildings original construction date still remains, inscribed with:
Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy and drink thy wine with a merry heart, for God approveth thy work.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London
Tagged in this Tour: Interesting EC WC