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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road.go to related location

23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London

23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)

23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.go to related location

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

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