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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th December 1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured

17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals

17th December 1936 Born today: Tommy Steele, London, singer/actor ( a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow)

17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)

1st Motorcycle Engine made here



1st Motorcycle Engine made here

The site of the invention of the first ever motorcycle engine.

Location: 1a Lansdowne Road, Tottenham

Description: This is where John Alfred Prestwich (1874-1952) inventor and designer of engines, ran his J.A.P. engineering company here. He designed his first motorcycle engine in 1901, made the first overhead-valve V-twin in 1906 and patented a desmodromic valve in 1923.

The engines were used in many famous motorcycle marques and speedway bikes, early aeroplanes, chainsaws, cultivators and light rail maintenance trucks.

Prestwich was also well known for his creation of cinematography, working with S.Z.Ferranti and the cinema pioneer William Friese-Greene to produce cameras, mutoscopes, cutting and perforation machines and projectors.

A green plaque was erected here by Haringey Council on 19th March 2010.


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1st Motorcycle Engine made here

The site of the invention of the first ever motorcycle engine.


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