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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
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.