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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
The Albany, home to AJ Raffles
Albany's bachelor flats home to AJ Raffles and Lord Byron.
Location: Albany Court, St James, London
Description: The Albany, named after the Duke of York, second son of George III, who owned the central block. In 1804 it was converted into chambers for bachelors.
Famous tenants included Lord Byron, Canning and Lord Lytton, although it's most famous was the EW Hordung's fictional gentleman thief. Created by Hordung, who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brother in law, it's thought raffles is a direct opposite of Sherlock Holmes.