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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th January 1983 Singer Billy Fury died in hospital in Paddington after collapsing at home in Wales.
28th January 1951 La Vie Commence Demain, which depicted artificial insemination and is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
28th January 1833 Born today: Charles George Gordon, London, general (China, Khartoum)
28th January 1807 German inventor Frederick Winsor lit the first gas lights.
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.