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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
London's Oldest Outdoor Statue
The oldest outdoor statue in London - King Alfred.
Location: Trinity Church Square, Southwark
Description: This is the oldest outdoor statue in London, one of King Alfred the Great (871-899). The statue was moved here in 1822 when it was moved from it's niche outside the North end of Westminster Hall. It was supposed to be one of 8 many of which disappeared.
It is reputed to have been at Westminster since the 14th century and is a Grade II listed monument.
As with all ambitious claims, it is the subject of some controversy and dispute with an alternative background that its one of a pair representing Alfred the Great and Edward the Black Prince made for the garden of Carlton House in 1735. Carlton House was demolished and its grounds were cleared in 182729.