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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

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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