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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th March 1979 Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, premieres in London
29th March 1959 Born today: Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
29th March 1871 the Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
29th March 1869 Born today: Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
Blow Up Bridge
This bridge was blown up in 1874 by explosives on a barge.
Location: Macclesfield Bridge, Regents Park, London
Description: A barge carrying gunpowder exploded on 2nd October 1874 at 4.55 in the morning, at Macclesfield Bridge.
Three of the crew were killed, the bridge destroyed and windows were blown out a mile away. It also destroyed the house of Alma-Tadema who almost certainly owed his life to a prior engagement.
The canal was closed for four days. Another of the barges was also damaged and sank.
This bridge has become known as Blow Up Bridge.