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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th November 1952 Agatha Christie's Mousetrap opens in London (still running)
24th November 1628 John Ford's Lover's Melancholy, premieres in London
Keith Richards lived Here
Keith Richards spent his teen years on this estate
Location: 6 Spielman Road, Temple Hill, DA1 5EZ
Description: In 1955 Keith and his family moved into 6 Spielman Road on the new Temple Hill council estate.
Keith has gone on to describe this new place as 'a fucking soul-destroying concrete jungle...'. It was there that he spent the majority of his childhood & teens.
It was also here that he at the age of 10 he lived dangerously and fearfully in a constant battle against bully's and how he could beat these horrid kids. Befriending a bigger boy as a minder in return for doing his homework, Keith soon got his own back and the bullying stopped.
Dartford's Temple Hill Estate was developed in response to the post-Second World War housing crisis. In 1945, many local families who had been bombed-out during the war were accommodated in prefabricated bungalows at Princes Road, and in temporary accommodation. There was an urgent need for mass good-quality housing in the local area. The council decided to develop a new housing estate on the outskirts of Dartford, which would almost be self-sufficient, in essence, a town in miniature, with shops, social and sports facilities and an extensive range of traditional houses and flats. The intention was to build an estate incorporating 1,800 family units.
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