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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
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.