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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd March 1948 Born today: Musicals Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, in Kensington.
22nd March 1946 Born today: Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
22nd March 1928 Noel Coward's musical This Year of Grace, premieres in London
Joseph Priestley lived here
The discoverer of oxygen, Joseph Priestley, lived here.
Location: 113 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney
Description: Dr Joseph Priestley, the theologian, scientist and discoverer of oxygen lived in a house on this site on the corner of Clapton Passage between 1792-1794.
When his support of dissent led to the riots named after him, he fled Birmingham and headed for London; and he was appointed minister here in Hackney in 1793.
Priestley said of his time here, On the whole I spent my life more happily at Hackney than I had ever done before.