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22nd September 2000 Patsy Kensit divorces Liam Gallagher in London.

22nd September 1924 Illustrator and author Charles Keeping was born in Lambeth.go to related location

22nd September 1891 Footballer and writer Charlie Buchan was born in Plumstead.

22nd September 1870 5-time British Wimbledon tennis champion Charlotte Cooper was born in Ealing.

22nd September 1788 Author, practical joker and inventor of the postcard, Theodore Hook, was born in London.go to related location

22nd September 1761 The Coronation of George III in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

22nd September 1735 Robert Walpole the first British Prime Minister to live at 10 Downing Street.go to related location

22nd September 1694 Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, creator of Gregorian calendar, was born in London.

Home of Guinness Book of Records



Home of Guinness Book of Records

This is where the first Guinness Book of Records was born.

Location: 107 Fleet Street

Description: On the 10th November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver (managing director of the Guinness Breweries), went shooting in County Wexford, Ireland. After missing a shot at a golden plover, he had an argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe; the golden plover or the red grouse. (Confirmation: It's the plover.)

He tried to find the answer that evening in his reference books and stumbled on the idea that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove successful. His idea became reality when Guinness employee (and record-breaking athlete) Christopher Chataway recommended University friends Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had been running a fact-finding agency in London. They were invited to the Guinness Brewery at Park Royal and were commissioned to compile the book in August 1954 and a thousand copies were printed and given away.

An office was set up at 107 Fleet Street and intense work began on the first slim 198-page edition. It was bound on the 27th August 1955 and went straight to the top of the British bestseller lists by Christmas. The following year, it launched in the US, and sold 70,000 copies. The rest is history.

The grand building itself is highly decorated dating back to the early 1870s. There are frolicking cherubs worth a look up!


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Home of Guinness Book of Records

This is where the first Guinness Book of Records was born.


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