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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
1st March 1950 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
1st March 1944 Born today: John Napier, London, set designer (Royal Shakesphere Company)
1st March 1944 The Who singer Roger Daltrey was born in Hammersmith, London.
1st March 1918 Born today: Roger Delgado, London, actor (Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enought for June)
1st March 1910 Actor David Niven was born in London.
1st March 1711 The Spectator begins publishing (London)
The Last Wherryman's Seat
This is the last surviving Wherryman's seat.
Location: Bankside, Southwark Bridge, Southwark
Description: Here, wedged into the wall of The Real Greek restaurant on Bankside is a peculiar stone tablet. It's at the top of Bear Gardens, and not far from Shakespeares Globe Theatre, and it's actually a seat.
According to shiny plaque above it, this is the last surviving example of the many boatmen's seats that once lined London's South Bank.
Avoiding tolls on the few bridges back then, wherrymen ferried passengers across the Thames and back again, in narrow water taxis called wherries. The 'wherrymen' waited on these rather slim rough stone benches while their passengers boarded.
This part of Southwark was similar to our present-day Soho, full of various many much unsaloubrious entertainment of the night. Bear baiting took place a hundred yards down this road.