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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.
St James Church
This is the church of poet and painter William Blake.
Location: 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
Description: In 1662 Henry Jermyn, Earl of St Albans, obtained a grant of land on the outskirts of London which is now known as St James. He laid out St James Square, and set aside land for the building of a parish church and churchyard on the south side of Portugal Street (now Piccadilly). Christopher Wren was appointed the architect. Wrens plans were approved; the superb carvings of Grinling Gibbons on the reredos, the organ case and the font added beauty to the dignity of the design.
Celebrated poet and painter William Blake was baptised at the church in 1757.
The church was severely damaged by enemy action in 1940, and the verger was killed when bombs destroyed the Rectory.