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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.
Swimming prodigy Beckwith born
This is where female swimming pioneer Agnes Beckwith was born.
Location: 16b Walcot Place West, Lambeth
Description: This is where female swimming legend Agnes Beckwith was born on the 24th August 1861. Fer father was a swimming teacher and introduced her to the local Lambeth Baths at a very early age.
She hit the publicity trail with her exploits making front page news, especially those that brought female sport and endeavour to a wider and new audience.
Swimming the Thames for 5 miles was rare, especially for a woman and aged just 14! She was lauded for her ever-improving targets and knew how to market her talents taking her troupe around the world.