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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th January 1964 Born today: Victoria Sellers, London England, actress (Crime Zone, Warlords)

20th January 1883 Betram Home Ramsay, Dunkirk Naval Strategist, was born in London.

20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)

20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.

20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

20th January 1265 First English Parliament summoned by non-royal command (The Earl of Leicester) met in Westminster Hall.go to related location

Mrs Montagu's Chimney Sweeps



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.


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Mrs Montagu's Chimney Sweeps

The location of The Feast of the Chimney Sweeps


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