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TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)

24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London

24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.

24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London

24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.

24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.go to related location

Benjamin Franklin's House



Benjamin Franklin's House

Restored house of American founding father, Benjamin Franklin.

Location: 36 Craven Street, London, wc2n5nf

Description: Here is the recently restored Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin - scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more - lived here.

While lodging at 36 Craven Street, Ben's main occupation was mediating unrest between Britain and America, but he also served as Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies; pursued his love of science (exploring bifocal spectacles, the energy-saving Franklin stove); explored health (innoculation, air baths, cures for the common cold); music (inventing the delightful glass armonica for which Mozart, Bach and Beethoven composed) and letters (articles, epitaphs, and his witty Craven Street Gazette), all while forging a hearty social life and close friendships with leading figures of the day.

The restoration also revealed a human thigh bone in the basement and further excavation receovered more than 1200 pieces of bone, including trepanned skulls. Probably from an anatomy school run by William Hewson, son-in-law of Franklin's landlord.

Tagged in this Tour: London's Best House Museums
Tagged in this Tour: American Tour of London

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Benjamin Franklin's House

Restored house of American founding father, Benjamin Franklin.


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Visited this museum recently. You can see pictures on my blog: http://www.how-to-be-a-bad-artist.com/index.php/places-to-visit/benjamin-franklin-museum-and-tate-britain/ (Diane Ashmore)
Posted by Diane Ashmore on 2007-11-19
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