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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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.
Moor Park Golf Club
Moor Park Golf Club home to Sir John Betjeman's awful tee shot.
Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire , WD3 1QN
Description: Moor Park Mansion at Moor Park Golf Club is a splendid Grade I listed Palladian mansion set within over 300 hundred acres in Hertfordshire.
The original house dating from 1678 was built for James, the Duke of Monmouth.
It was redeveloped after 1732, which was when Benjamin Hoskins Styles, who had made his fortune in The South Sea Company. The magnificent paintings in the Main Hall, Thornhill Room and Grand Staircase can be traced to his time here.
There are two championship golf courses both designed by Harry Colt in 1923 with an eye to blend into the grounds of the estate.
They were made famous by being featured in Sir John Betjeman's London-based documentary Metroland. Sir John demonstrates tee-ing off, with a disastrous tee-shot - cue the laughing. Probably the highlight of the fascinating documentary.