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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.
Dorset Square: Home of Cricket?
The original site of the Lord's cricket ground before relocation
Location: Dorset Square, Marylebone
Description: This square was once the ground of the MCC, Marylebone Cricket Club, who were founded in 1787. In 1811, this land was owned by Thomas Lord, a Yorkshireman who decided to sell the St Marylebone Cricket Club and it's pitch. They moved everything including the turf to the now world-renowned Lord's, but if they'd stayed put it could have much nearer central London!
Dorset Square as it is now was the central feature of an urban layout planned by the Portman Estate (1815-20) after it's acquirement from Lord. The square has changed little architecturally since.