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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
This is one of the most striking buildings in Hampstead.
Location: Admiral's Walk, The Grove, Hampstead
Description: This remarkable house was built during the reign of George III and occupied by an eccentric former naval officer called Fountain North. He constructed two ship-like decks on the roof, a main deck and a quarter deck, and mounted cannons all round them from which he regularly fired salutes on the King's birthday and to celebrate British Naval victories.
His cabin, built like the stern of a ship was high up in the air and there used to be an acre of garden, since built upon.
Through the garden ran a tunnel which was said to communicate with the Heath, and was alleged the escape-route of highwayman Dick Turpin.
The house currently carries a brown plaque
stating 'Sir George Gilbert Scott 1811 - 1878'
John Constable's painting of Admiral's House called 'Romantic House at Hampstead' can be viewed in the National Gallery, and another is at the Victoria and Albert.