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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London
23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)
23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)
23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.
Dylan Thomas' House of Horror
Poet Dylan Thomas lived in the basement flat here.
Location: 54 Delancey Street, Camden
Description: Poet Dylan Thomas lived in a basement flat here with his wife of 17 years Caitlin (Macnamara) and their three children.
Margaret Taylor, a wealthy patron of Thomas's bought the flat in 1951 to try and keep him in London and to stop him travelling to the US. He still goes the following the year for a 5 month tour.
Taylor also bought him a caravan for the end of the garden there and it was here that he went to seek creativity away from the family clamour.
Thomas would later describe the flat as his London house of horror.
His widow unveiled a blue plaque here in 1983 and the caravan was still there then.