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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
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.