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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.
A Victorian gem of a lesser known London cemetery.
Location: Linden Grove, Nunhead, Southwark
Description: Nunhead Cemetery is one of the seven Victorian cemeteries in London and probably the least known.
It's 52 acres opened in 1840 and it's the second largest Victorian cemetery in London. An Anglican chapel overlooks woodland while ash and sycamore trees conceal headstones, angels and impressive gothic tombs.
After an extensive restoration project funded by Southwark Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, it was reopened in May 2001. Fifty memorials were restored along with the beautiful Anglican Chapel, designed by Thomas Little.
Towards the North entrance is the obelisk dedicated to five 18th century political reformers who put the cause of political justice before their own lives and became known as the 'Scottish Martyrs'.
Part of the cemetery is now a haven for wildlife, supporting a diverse range of both native and exotic plants, and 16 species of butterfly.
Tagged in this Tour: The Magnificent Seven