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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.
Bentley Motors founded here
This is where the first Bentley car was produced in 1919!
Location: 47 Chagford Street, Marylebone
Description: This is the birthplace of the Bentley motor car, it's where number one was produced in 1919.
After the first world war war, in early 1919, Walter Owen (often called just W.O.) Bentley (1888-1971) founded Bentley Motors Ltd with his brother Horace Millner Bentley.
The first Bentley 3-litre engine was tested, developed and built here in October 1919.
W.O. worked with railway engine legends at Doncaster Works and went on to make his name during the First World War when he powered such famous aeroplanes as the Sopwith Camel.