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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th January 1843 Born today: Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
20th January 1779 Actor David Garrick sadly passed away at The Adelphi buildings.
20th January 1382 King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia in Westminster Abbey.
Oldest Allotment in London
The first allotment site in London.
Location: Off Forest Road, Walthamstow
Description: The Walthamstow Spade Husbandry Association allotment site here near Waterworks Corner is probably the oldest working allotment site in London.
In 1834 Lord Maynard granted land off Hagger Lane (now Forest Road) to be used by the poor for their own produce. Locally it was formerly called 'Canada', and was enfranchised in 1924.
In 1939 3 acres were sold to the Metropolitan water board to produce Waterworks near the A406 junction between Woodford and Walthamstow.