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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
The Carpenters Arms
The pub owned by the Kray twins for their mother.
Location: 73 Cheshire Street, Bethnal Green
Description: This was local gangster's Reggie and Ronnie Kray's local boozer. They bought it in 1967 for their mother Violet, who used to run it at the weekend. Legend has it that the bar top was replaced with wood from coffin lids, and that they put their boxing gloves up on display behind the bar.
After slipping into heavier gangland wars, both twins ended up convicted with life sentences for murder.
Reggie Kray's funeral cortege passed down here by the Carpenters Arms in 2000.
Tagged in this Tour: The Krays in London