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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)

23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)

23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating

23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London

23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.

The 1st one way Street



The 1st one way Street

The first one way street was here in London.

Location: Albermarle Street

Description: It is understood that Albemarle Street is the first road in London to be made One Way only and policed as such.

It stems from the 1920's when the Royal Institution's popular science lectures by Samuel Taylor Coleridge made for unbecoming chaos in the street outside.

The R.I. provided specific instructions to coach drivers about the direction on Albemarle Street in which they should drop off and collect their passengers.

It was necessary that the Royal Institution enforce this rule by their paying for constables from Marlborough Street to police it.

On one teething point occasion a coach driver strongly disagreed with a constable about the direction of traffic flow, and to avoid prosecution for his actions was forced to issue a printed statement of apology.

This is certainly an early example of London traffic management.


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The 1st one way Street

The first one way street was here in London.


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