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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

15th November 2004 London's bid for the 2012 Olympics officially submitted to the IOC.

15th November 1978 Harold Pinter's Betrayal, premieres in London

15th November 1960 Born today: Tilda Swinton, London England, actress (Orlando)

15th November 1930 Comedian Mike Winters (brother of Bernie) was born in Islington.go to related location

15th November 1923 Born today: Peter Hammond, London England, actor (Buccaneers)

15th November 1845 Opera Maritana is produced (London)

Lily among the weeds



Lily among the weeds

Distinguished church where the vicars drop down dead.

Location: Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico , SW1V 2PS

Description: In 1859 three tenacious sisters Jane, Penelope and Mary decided to honour the memory of their father Bishop Monk by building a church here in one of the poor parts of London. There is a plaque to them inside the church.

The Monk sisters managed to persuade Westminster Abbey to give them some land and they immediately commissioned Bristol Cathedral's architect George Edmund Street.

The building is now Grade 1 listed.

Back in 1917, Canon Thorndike was the vicar here, and his daughter was the famous screen actress Dame Sybill Thorndike. One night in October 1917, Canon Thorndike announced the opening hymn to the congregation gathered before him and then dropped down dead beside the font. Another vicar died the same way - Geoffrey Pollard, in September 1986 after conducting an evening service.

Poet Sir John Betjeman helped to save the church from closure in the 1960's.


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Lily among the weeds

Distinguished church where the vicars drop down dead.


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