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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th July 1957 St James' Theater in London closes
27th July 1942 Born today: Barbara Ferris, London England, actress (Nice Girl Like Me)
27th July 1694 The Bank of England was established to act as the English Government's banker.
John Wilkes' House Riots
This is where politican John Wilkes's house was riot damaged.
Location: 35 Grosvenor Square, W1K
Description: This is where former Lord Mayor of London and porn-outlaw John Wilkes' (Born 17 October 1727) lived and where the Mount Street rioters broke his decorative windows in 1792.
Amongst other things, in 1762, the new king, George III, arranged for his close friend, the Earl of Bute, to become prime minister. This decision upset a large number of MPs who considered Bute to be incompetent. John Wilkes became Bute's leading critic in the House of Commons.
In June 1762 Wilkes established The North Briton, a newspaper that severely attacked the king and his Prime Minister.
Wilkes died on the 29th December 1797.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Riots Tour