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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Born today: Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Leslie Compton's Pub
The pub once run by Arsenal and Middlesex legend Leslie Compton.
Location: 440 Hornsey Road, Finsbury Park, N19 4EB
Description: This Grade II listed building used to be The Hanley Arms, a grand Victorian pub, closed in early 2007.
Leslie Compton (1912-1984) became landlord in 1956 and famously had a photo for the press where he serves a pint to the then Arsenal manager Tom Whittaker.
Tough defender Compton played both football and cricket in an illustrious sporting career, playing for both Arsenal (252 appearances) and wicketkeeper for Middlesex!
He is holder of a record - at 38 years and 64 days Compton became the oldest post-war England debutant and the oldest ever outfield player to debut. A record unlikely to be broken!
He was historically slightly overshadowed by his little brother Denis Compton. Leslie played 272 times for Middlesex (along with Denis), scoring 5,814 runs, taking 468 catches and 131 stumpings.
Today it retains some features outside and inside, and is now home to the Masjid -e-Yusuf mosque.
In 1962 Compton became landlord of The Prince of Wales in Highgate.