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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
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.