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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
AV Roe's Flying Machine
This is where the first airplane in Britain was designed.
Location: 47 West Hill, Wandsworth
Description: It was here in 1907 that aviation pioneer A. V. Roe built his first full-sized aircraft, and subsequently flying it in the early hours of the morning on Putney Heath without the Conservators' permission.
Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe (18771958) left the Merchant Navy in 1902 to work in the design of vehicles, becoming a draughtsman in the car industry (Brotherton and Crockers Limited).
In 1906 the Daily Mail offered a prize for model aeroplanes capable of sustained mechanical flight. Roe won first prize encouraging him to build an aeroplane which would be able to carry him aloft. A half-used stable behind the surgery here of his brother (Dr Spencer Verdon Roe), was ideal and construction of the began in 1907.
He flew his early prototypes on Walthamstow Marshes was the location of Roe's later attempts to build and fly his early aeroplanes.