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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

27th May 2005 Big Ben breaks down due to high temperatures.go to related location

27th May 1993 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies

27th May 1957 Siouxsie Sioux, singer of punk rockers Siouxsie and the Banshees, was born in London.

27th May 1922 Born today: Christopher Lee, London England, actor (Hound of Baskervilles)

27th May 1898 Arthur Pinero's Trelawney of the 'Wells', premieres in London

27th May 1199 The Coronation of John I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

The Phoney Houses



The Phoney Houses

22-23, due to tube build are flat fronts with no house behind.

Location: 23-24 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater, W2

Description: The first tube in London was Paddington to Farringdon in 1863. Demand soon grew so new lines had to be made and houses brought up. These houses would be demolished, the tube dug, and then covered again. Some property agents wanted a high price, most notably in Leinster Terrace, Bayswater. So as well as paying to knock down two splendid looking houses, the train company reconstructed the fronts only, making them look like real houses instead of film props. Today thousands go passed with out ever noticing that 22-23 are just flat fronts with noting behind.

A famous hoax in the 1930s saw a cheeky fraudster make a small fortune by selling 10 guinea tickets for a charity ball here. It was only when the excited guests - in full evening dress - knocked on the fake door they realised they're folly!

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The Phoney Houses

22-23, due to tube build are flat fronts with no house behind.


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The Phoney Houses

It is actually 23/4 leinster gardens, not 22/3 leinster terrace (chris baker)
Posted by chris baker on 2009-12-11
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