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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
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.