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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th September 1970 Rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies in London.
18th September 1962 Footballer John Fashanu was born in Kensington.
18th September 1946 Actor Nicholas Clay was born in Streatham.
18th September 1922 Brass Band composer Ray Steadman-Allen was born in Clapton.
18th September 1809 The Royal Opera House opened for the first time.
This was once called The Naked Beauty, a striking house.
Location: Hurst House, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9HF
Description: Hurst House was once described by the architectural historian Nikolas Pevsner as 'the best house of Woodford'. It on the old A11 close to the Winston Churchill statue on the green.
It was formerly called 'The Naked Beauty' on land once known as 'The Naked Beauty Estate' but changed its name when the building was used as a school in the 19th Century.
Built in 1714, this striking landmark building, which opens occassionaly for tours, is one of the few survivors of the many villas and mansions built along Woodford Row in the 18th Century.
The house was repaired after a fire in 1936 but retains many of its original features.