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IN THE NEWS
TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th October 1960 In Britain, News Chronicle and Daily Mail merge, and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
18th October 1950 Born today: Sheila White, London England, actress (I Claudius)
A barbers with a secret
Karl Gustav Ernst - barber and German spy - hair was the key.
Location: 156 Caledonian Road, N1 9
Description: This modern office block at number 156 Caledonian Road just along side the bridge over the Regent cannel, stands on the site of a barbers shop that held a dark secret in 1910. Karl Gustav Ernst ran his barbers shop on this site, and although he made a living cutting hair he also had a side line. He would receive instructions and hair in the post, and would hand German agents their orders when they visited his barbers shop - part of a sinister spy ring.