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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)
24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.
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.