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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd August 1937 Born today: Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)
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22nd August 1916 Born today: John Slater, London England, actor (Deadlock, Cartel, Devil's Pass)
22nd August 1866 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies
22nd August 1620 Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier at St Giles-without-Cripplegate.
Southern Tunnel House
The striking neo-gothic gatehouse near the Blackwall Tunnel.
Location: Blackwall Tunnel Approach, North Greenwich
Description: This is the striking southern entrance gateway to the Blackwall Tunnel, also known as Southern Tunnel House.
It was designed by LCC architect Thomas Blashill and was built just before the tunnel was completed. Originally, a single bore tunnel, the Eastern bore was added in 1967.
The red sandstone brick entrance comprises two floors with an attic. A plaque adorns the inner wall, but only traffic can see this now!
The tunnel was officially opened on 22 May 1897 by the Prince of Wales who declared it 'open to the public for ever'.