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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
17th December 1936 Born today: Tommy Steele, London, singer/actor ( a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow)
17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
Norman Wisdom lived here
This is where England's favourite clown Norman Wisdom grew up.
Location: 91 Fernhead Road, Maida Vale
Description: Everyone's favourite comedian and clown Norman Wisdom (19152010) was born to Frederick, a chauffeur, and Maud Wisdom, a dressmaker who often worked for West End theatres.
They lived here in one room and raised in severe poverty and he and his brother were allegedly abused by their father.
Norman once said I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry.
Fellow Londoner Charlie Chaplin once referred to Wisdom as his favourite clown.
A blue plaque was unveiled here on Sunday 6th March 2011 by comedian Mike Read.