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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
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.