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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st February 1974 Silver hits record $5.96 an ounce in London

21st February 1966 Born today: Wendy James, London England, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)

21st February 1966 Born today: Bronwen Booth, London, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil)

21st February 1923 Andre Charlots musical Rats, premieres in London

21st February 1910 John Galsworthy's Justice, premieres in London

21st February 1909 John Galsworthy's Strife, premieres in London

Earl's Court's Escalators



Earl's Court's Escalators

This is where Bumper Harris tested escalators for the 1st time.

Location: Earl's Court Road, Earl's Court

Description: Earl's Court station is grade II listed and was opened on 12 April 1869 for what is now the District Line, anbd gradually opened other platforms and lines over the next few years.

In 1911 London Underground's first escalators were installed here on brand new passageways beneath the surface platforms down to the rail platforms.

There are stories (without much substance it appears) of a one-legged man named Bumper Harris travelling all day on the escalator to demonstrate its safety.


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Earl's Court's Escalators

This is where Bumper Harris tested escalators for the 1st time.


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