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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th April 1963 Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy in Westminster Abbey.
24th April 1960 Born today: Paula Yates, London England, Mrs Bob Geldof/rocker/writer (Blondes)
24th April 1936 Born today: Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)
24th April 1867 St. George's Hall Theatre in Langham Place was opened (demolished 1966).
24th April 1731 Author Daniel Defoe died in London trying to evade debtors.
The cemetery that gave fame to Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit.
Location: Old Brompton Road, West Brompton
Description: Established by Act of Parliament, as one of the Magnificent Seven, West of London and Westminster Cemetery (as it was then known) was opened in 1840. It's one of the largest (over 35,000 memorials) and most distinguished.
You may have seen the cemetery on the big screen, such as Eastern Promises, The Wisdom of Crocodiles, Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie's 2009 version), Crush, Stormbreaker, Finding Neverland, and Johnny English, and The Wings of the Dove (1997 version).
Notable residents here include suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, cruiseship founder Samuel Cunard, cricketer John Wisden, and actor Brian Glover.
There's also the peculiar story of how author Beatrix Potter used names from headstones in Brompton Cemetery in her famous children's book Peter Rabbit.
Tagged in this Tour: The Magnificent Seven