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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th January 1883 Betram Home Ramsay, Dunkirk Naval Strategist, was born in London.
20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.
20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.
20th January 1265 First English Parliament summoned by non-royal command (The Earl of Leicester) met in Westminster Hall.
Sir John Gielgud's birthplace
The birthplace and childhood home of actor Sir John Gielgud.
Location: 7 Gledhow Gardens, Earl's Court, SW5 0BL
Description: This is where, on 14 April 1904, Arthur John Gielgud was delivered by a family friend, Dr Henry Huxley.
The house, where he and his 2 brothers and sister, was a tall, narrow building, with four storeys and a basement. Spacious and comfortable, it overlooked a square with a large garden.
In his autobiography he noted The house was very draughty, and there was never enough hot water for the baths, but I loved every inch of it.
His boyhood idol was his great-aunt Ellen Terry, the greatest actress of her age.