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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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.