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The Beatles take London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st January 2006 River Thames Bottlenose Whale found dead near Albert Bridge.

21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.

21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)

21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London

21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London

21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London

21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London

21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.

21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.

The Butler's Retreat



The Butler's Retreat

The historical cafe on Chingford Plains is re-opened.

Location: 2 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH

Description: Butler's Retreat is a Grade II Listed Building that was originally built as a barn to store the harvest for the lord of Chingford in the mid-19th century. It stands next to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.

When the City of London became Conservators of Epping Forest in 1878, it was converted into a refreshment house. In 1895 leased by John Butler as a Retreat catering for visitors to Epping Forest.

The arrival of the train line to Chingford opened up Epping Forest to the whole of the East End; hundreds of Londoners would descend upon Chingford Plain on a sunny weekend and enjoy games and activities.

Out of the dozen or so retreats that used to provided food and drink to people visiting the forest, Butlers retreat is the only one still surviving.

Butler's Retreat provided the refreshments. The Butler family ran the retreat until the 1970s and it continued serving refreshments until it closed in 2009.

The timber framed, weatherboarded building has been externally and internally refurbished by Bolt and Heeks, to the designs of the Gibberd architectural practice.



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The Butler's Retreat

The historical cafe on Chingford Plains is re-opened.


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