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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
6th December 1943 Born today: Mike Smith, London Engld, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
6th December 1892 Born today: F Osbert S Sitwell, London, poet/writer (Out of the Flame)
6th December 1883 Harrods original shop burns down, forcing the build of a much larger shop.
6th December 1817 William Bligh, who suffered mutiny on HMS Bounty, passed away in Bond Street, London.
6th December 1769 Silk cutters Doyle and Valline were hanged for inciting rioting in Bethnal Green
A great man with a passion for children welfare worked here
Location: 58 Solent House, Ben Jonson Road, Stepney, E1 3NN
Description: Thomas John Barnardo (born 4 July 1845) was a philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children, born in Dublin.
From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo's death, nearly 100,000 children had been rescued, trained and given a better life.
And so to this spot, he began his excellent work in a building on this site in 1866. A blue plaque marks the spot.
Barnardo died on 19 September 1905 and was buried in front of Cairns House, Barkingside, east London. The house is now the head office of the children's charity he founded, Barnardo's.
At the time of his death, his charity was caring for over 8,500 children in 96 homes. And since then it has gone on from strength to strength - go here to donate - http://www.barnardos.org.uk/donate_b.htm