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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Mummified Remains at St James
Mummified remains of a medieval local are housed here.
Location: Church of St James, Garlickhythe in Upper Thames, EC4V 2AL
Description: The mummified remains (no longer on display) were of an unknown medieval gentleman nicknamed Jimmy Garlickhythe.
The inscription on his coffin read: Stop stranger, stop as you pass by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon will be, so pray prepare to follow me.
It is much speculated that in life Old Jimmy may have been one of the six early Lord Mayors of London who were buried in the church.
A ghost of Jimmy has made several appearances since World War 2.