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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Mouth of the River Walbrook
The end of the legendary lost London river The Walbrook.
Location: Walbrook Wharf, Southwark Bridge Road, Dowgate
Description: This is what remains of the end of the famous subterranean river The Walbrook. This flat concrete trough outlet across the pebbly beach by the barges, is the outlet of the Walbrook's replacement sewer.
It was once a more dignified tributary to the Thames, originally flowing through the heart of the City of London. Before sanitary planning in London, as the City grew it became filthier. Thus, it was famously paved over in the 1460s.
Recent archaeology has found hoes and ploughshares, chisels and saws, scalpels and spatulas, the heads of forgotten gods and a collection of 48 human skulls tell the earliest of all London tales.
The ancient and spectacular Roman Temple of Mithras was discovered by it's banks in 1953.