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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th September 1989 Ronald Harwood's Another Time, premieres in London

25th September 1984 1st London performance of musical Stepping Out presented

25th September 1966 Actor Jason Flemyng was born in Putney, London.

25th September 1939 Conservative MP Leon Brittan was born in London.

25th September 1906 John Galsworthy's Silver Box, premieres in London

25th September 1888 The Royal Court Theatre in Kensington was opened.go to related location

25th September 1886 Comedy opera Dorothy, 1st produced in London

Poet Leigh Hunt lived here



Poet Leigh Hunt lived here

Satirical poet and essayist Hunt lived here in later life.

Location: 22 Upper Cheyne Row, Chelsea

Description: This is where poet James Henry Leigh Hunt (17841859) lived between 1833 to 1840.

His best work was as editor for his brother John's liberal magazine The Examiner between 1808 and 1821, writing violent lampoons on English society.

Prosecuted repeatedly, they were both imprisoned in 1812 for calling the Prince Regent (later George IV) a fat Adonis of 50.

Leigh Hunt and his almost permanent financial difficulties provided the inspiration for the impecunious Harold Skimpole in Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

At first Hunt did not recognize himself in the portrayal, but when it was pointed out to him, it upset him greatly.

He settled here relatively late in life with his wife and children. His autobiography refers to Chelsea's refreshing air and the 'quiet of the thoroughfare so full of repose'.

But on moving to Kensington a letter to Douglas Jerrold stated, It will do your kindly eyes good to see the nice study into which I have escaped out of the squalidities of Chelsea.


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Poet Leigh Hunt lived here

Satirical poet and essayist Hunt lived here in later life.


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