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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
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.