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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th March 1888 Born today: Jameson Thomas, London England, actor (Farmer's Wife)
24th March 1834 Pioneering textile designer and artist William Morris was born in Walthamstow.
24th March 1792 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
Leslie Phillips' School
Comedy actor Leslie Phillips went to school here.
Location: New Road, Chingford, E4 8ET
Description: Comedy film lounge lizard Leslie Phillips, who starred in two Harry Potter films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, three Carry On films and dozens more, went to this school in Chingford.
Speaking to the children at it's reopening in 2007, he said: I am very proud of those kids who come to Larkswood today because it was about 70 years ago I was here.
He told the children about a time he was almost hit with the cane by the then headmaster for allegedly stealing plants.
Mr Phillips said: Somebody else had taken them and I had found them dumped in the middle of New Road and I was trying to return them.
The headmaster caught me and asked me: Have you been stealing them?' I was very surprised.
He went to his office and he got his cane. He did not believe me and asked me to bend over. I was in quite a fright and I ran out of the room and he ran after me with his cane.
He did catch me but said that because I had made such an effort to escape, he believed me and did not cane me.
Tagged in this Tour: Harry Potter Tour of London