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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
Industrially decayed flour mill features in many films.
Location: Mill Road, West Silvertown
Description: This long derelict flour mill on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre is finally undergoing redevelopment.
The industrial decay inspired backdrops in films and television shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Jean-Michel Jarre's Destination Docklands, and Derek Jarman's The Last of England. Jarman also filmed here in his music video for The Smiths single Ask.
In 1985, the former CWS mill nearby was used in the Terry Gilliam's dystopian film Brazil. Other films include The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2013), Trance (2013), Green Zone (2010), Twenty8k (2012). It also featured in video game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.