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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Martita Hunt's Flat
This is where the quintessential Miss Haversham lived.
Location: 7 Primrose Hill Studios, Camden, NW1 8TR
Description: Martita Hunt (1889-1969) was an Argentina-born English stage and film actress, best-remembered for her role as the mad, reclusive Miss Havisham in David Lean's Great Expectations (1946).
She was also known for The Brides Dracula (1960), Anastasia (1956) and Becket (1964).
She won a Tony Award in 1949 for Broadway debut as Countess Aurelia in the English-speaking production of The Madwoman of Chaillot.
She died of bronchial asthma here.
Later Margaret Webster also lived here.