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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Mrs Montagu's Chimney Sweeps
The location of The Feast of the Chimney Sweeps
Location: Portman Square, Marylebone
Description: Here, at the north west corner of Portman Square once stood (note the grim building there today) a fine mansion owned by a social reformer Mrs Montagu.
Mrs Elizabeth Montague ((2 October 1718 25 August 1800) made Portman Square famous for one reason - chimney sweeps.
In 1790 her four year old nephew was kidnapped and unbeknownst to anyone forced into a gruesome chimney sweeping racquet. When Mrs Elizabeth Montague's chimney sweeper was due, she recognised her nephew and rescued him from a terrible childhood.
In gratitude and probably some guilt she set up an annual 'Feast of the Chimney Sweeps' every May 1st on the velvety lawns of her mansion here in Portman Square.
The building was destroyed in world war 2 and replaced with the current tower/retail/office complex.