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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held 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 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

Blind pioneer Gilbert's house



Blind pioneer Gilbert's house

This is where pioneer of the blind Elizabeth Gilbert lived.

Location: 5 Stanhope Place, Hyde Park

Description: This is the final home of the pioneering philanthropist Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert (18261885). She was the second daughter and third of eleven children of Ashurst Turner Gilbert, principal of Brasenose College, Oxford, and future Bishop of Chichester.

She contracted scarlet fever at the age of three and became totally blind and was supported in her education by her family, especially her sisters, so much so that she had a full education and knew many languages.

Her position meant she was at the forefront of education for the blind, being able to test new equipment such as 1851's Foucault frame invention for aiding writing.

She opened a shop cellar in Holborn to sell products made by the blind, and founded The Association for Promoting the General Welfare of the Blind and had a hand in championing other organisations and facilities to aide the blind.

She died here on 7 February 1885.


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Blind pioneer Gilbert's house

This is where pioneer of the blind Elizabeth Gilbert lived.


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