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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

15th December 1984 Only Fools and Horses actor Lennard Pearce (Grandad) died in Whittington Hospital, London.

15th December 1969 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom

15th December 1965 D Heneker and J Taylor's musical Charlie Girl, premieres in London

15th December 1964 Comedian Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis) born in Clapham, London.

15th December 1942 Born today: Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)

15th December 1899 Born today: Frank Vosper, London England, actor (Man Who Knew Too Much)

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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