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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
The oldest building in Islington where Goldsmith once wrote.
Location: Canonbury Place, Islington, N1 2NQ
Description: The most historic building in Islington is the Canonbury Tower, a remarkably preserved Tudor building. It was built as country residence for the Prior of St. Bartholomew in the time of King Henry VII, and later transformed into a mansion by Sir John Spenser in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.
Sir John was a good friend of Sir Francis Bacon, as was his son in law, Lord Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton, who inherited the mansion.
The tower has been occupied by many historical figures, including Francis Bacon and Oliver Goldsmith (who wrote The Vicar of Wakefield and The Traveller here).
The Tower Theatre Company was based here from 1953 to 2003. It is currently used as a Masonic research centre.
It is said that underground passages connect to the Priory of St Bartholomew in West Smithfield.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London