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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
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.