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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
Royal Artillery Barracks
The longest Georgian building in Britain are these Barracks.
Location: 40-48 Artillery Place, Greenwich
Description: The Royal Artillery Barracks, the longest Georgian building in Britain, was the home of the Royal Artillery. The last regiment, 16 Regiment, departed in July 2007.
Built in 1776, the facade was extended to be more than a fifth of a mile long by 1807. It capably housed over 3000 troops.
The Board of Ordnance required its Artillery and Engineers officers to obtain a formal military education, thus this became the elite training and housing venue in Britain.
The shooting events at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Paralympics were held at a temporary pop-up venue here.