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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd April 1991 Two trains collided on the DLR at West India Quay.
22nd April 1930 US, Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
22nd April 1925 Born today: George Cole, London England, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
22nd April 1899 Born today: Martyn Green, London, actor (Gilbert and Sullivan, Iceman Cometh)
22nd April 1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
22nd April 1737 William Hicks (MP for Wallingford) was attacked by highwayman Dick Turpin and associate in a coach travelling to London through Epping Forest.
Irene Handl's House
This is where the actress Irene Handl lived and died.
Location: 31 Viscount Court, Pembridge Villas, Notting Hil
Description: Actress Irene Handl was a latecomer to showbusiness, making her London stage debut in February 1937.
She went on to appear in over a hundred British films in supporting roles, mostly comedy character parts such as slightly eccentric mothers, grannies, landladies and servants.
Among many stage appearances, she played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1975, and also in celebrated classics Night Train to Munich, Spellbound and Brief Encounter. She played Peter Sellers' wife in I'm All Right Jack and Tony Hancock's landlady in The Rebel.
Her final appearance was in the BBC sitcom In Sickness and in Health in 1987, just before her death here on 29th November 1987 at the age of 85.
She also published two novels.