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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
The Tulip Staircase
The striking staircase, scene of a famous 'ghost' photo.
Location: Queen's House, Greenwich
Description: The delightfully elegant Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House are the first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase erected in Great Britain.
Although it is traditionally called the 'tulip' staircase, it is thought that the stylized flowers in the wrought-iron balustrade are actually fleurs-de-lis - the emblem of the Bourbon family of which Queen Henrietta Maria (wife of Charles I) was a member.
It was this staircase that was the location of the Reverand R.W. Hardy's famous 'ghost' photograph taken on 19 June 1966, which, when developed revealed what appear to be two or three striking shrouded figures on the staircase.
Since then there have other unexplained incidents reported in the Queen's House, the most recent being in 2002.