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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
Vincent C. Richmond lived here
The designer of the disastrous R101 airship lived here.
Location: 24 Silverdale Road, Highams Park
Description: Lt. Colonel Vincent Crane Richmond OBE (1893-1930) grew up here, and attended the nearby Selwyn Avenue School. He grew up to be an inventive engineer and joined the navy where, after inventing a technique for doping linen before stretching it over the airframe, he earnt the nickname Dope.
He joined the Royal Airship Works in 1924 as Officer in Charge of Design and Research. He was responsible for the design of the R101, and enjoyed a rivalry with Neville Shute Norway who worked on the design for the rival Vickers R100 design.
After a number of trial flights the R101 set out on its maiden voyage from England to India. It made it across the channel but touched the ground near Beauvais, France and caught fire.
Vincent Richmond was one of 48 who perished on that fateful day on 5th October 1930.
A few years later two roads nearby; Richmond Avenue and Richmond Crescent, were named in his honour.