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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th May 1959 Johnson and Bart's musical Lock up your daughters, premieres in London

28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)

28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London

28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.

The first Waitrose



The first Waitrose

The birth of Waitrose supermarket started here.

Location: 263 High Street, Acton Hill

Description: A bronze pavement plaque was unveiled here on 23 February 2005 to commemorate the first ever branch of Waitrose supermarket. It was known in 1904 as Messrs Waite, Rose and Taylor, and the site is now a pizza parlour.

This plaque was jointly sponsored by Ealing Civic Society with the Acton History Group and Waitrose Ltd.

Mr Taylor (of the original name) dropped out of the new business after a couple years and the new Waitrose business soon
expanded by purchasing the two shops (Nos 265 & 267) next door.

It was 9 years before they opened a second branch - in nearby Churchfield Road in 1913.

The made several innovative additions to the premises such as building a south facing second floor conservatory at the back for ripening bananas!

The original shops here on Acton Hill were sold after the First World War.

Waitrose was eventually bought out by the John Lewis Partnership in the 1930s, and the chain and brand has continued to grow.


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The first Waitrose

The birth of Waitrose supermarket started here.


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