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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th February 1915 Comedian Dick Emery was born in Bloomsbury, London.
19th February 1897 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat died from diabetes in Ealing.
19th February 1838 Jane Alsop's terrifying encounter with Spring Heeled Jack.
19th February 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
Home to Harry & Spike
Home to three Goons and Harry Secombe's socks
Location: 13 Linden Gardens, Notting Hill, W2 4HD
Description: Sir Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan were two parts of the four man team that made up 'The Goons' - a British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960.
It was, and is, and always will be ground-breaking comedy that will make people smile, belly laugh and be a lot happier.
The show's chief creator and main writer was Spike Milligan. The scripts mixed ludicrous plots with surreal humour, puns, catchphrases and an array of bizarre sound effects.
And so to this very address - this is where Sir Harry and Spike once shared a flat. There were only supposed to be two people staying in the place but they managed to get three in there, 2 beds and one on the floor.
And who was the third occupant, none other than the third Goon, Michael Bentine.
Spike was obsessively tidy in those days and was always complaining about Sir Harry's socks!