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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
Hornsey Wood Reservoir
The site of a spectacular subterranean secret reservoir.
Location: Finsbury Park
Description: Finsbury Park Reservoir is properly known as the Hornsey Wood Reservoir - an enormous underground reservoir situated below Finsbury Park.
It's inaccessible currently due to problems with the stability of the vast stonework interiors.
It was completed in 1868, the spoil of which was used to artificially build up the north-east section of the park. It's was covered by tennis courts (now long gone) and was capable of holding up to 5 million gallons of water.
Guy Ritchies Sherlock Holmes in 2009, and Paddington in 2014 were both filmed down here.