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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th April 1993 1000 kg heavy IRA car bomb explodes in London, killing 1

24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)

24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)

24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).

24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.

Temple Bar Death Clock



Temple Bar Death Clock

The great Temple Bar law courts clock of death.

Location: Fleet Street

Description: On November 5th 1954 Thomas Manners, a clock mechanic for the Works Ministry, lost his life within the clock above the Temple Bar law courts.

Manners, 52, had performed the same tasks twice a week for 17 years - it was his duty to wind, inspect and keep on time the 800 clocks scattered throughout the great building.

On this day however, his coat became stuck in the electrically-driven drums that lift the heavy weight of the clock.

The clock was working fine but the chime had stopped striking, so two repairmen were sent to find out why and they discovered Thomas's body.


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Temple Bar Death Clock

The great Temple Bar law courts clock of death.


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