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17th March 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.go to related location

17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)

17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.

17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.

17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)

The Chinese Bridge and Pagoda

The Chinese Bridge and Pagoda

Here was the site of the St James Park firework disaster.

Location: St James Park

Description: During the extensive 1814 festivities commissioned by The Prince Regent (later George IV), to celebrate the end of the war with France, a splendid 7-storey pagoda was erected in St James' Park.

It was perched atop a brightly painted Chinese-style bridge spanning the canal, featuring four bridge pavilions. The bridge and pagoda were bright yellow and topped with a bright blue roof.

On August the 1st, the celebration of the Hanoverian Centenary and the anniversary of the Battle of the Nile commenced. Lord Nelson's brilliant tactics were represented by a replica of the battle using rowboats upon the canal.

Although the bridge remained until 1825, the pagoda caught fire during the celebratory fireworks. The gas lit pagoda caught fire and burned down, with two men killed by the fire and smoke and a number injured trying to put out the fire.

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The Chinese Bridge and Pagoda

Here was the site of the St James Park firework disaster.

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