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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Radclyffe Halls House
The home of pioneering lesbian novelist and poet Radclyffe Hall.
Location: 37 Holland Street, Kensington
Description: Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943) was a groundbreaking novelist and poet, best-known for her lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness, which was banned after its publication in 1928. Her former lover Mabel Batten gave Hall the nickname 'John', which she used the rest of her life.
In 1915 Hall fell in love with Mabel Batten's cousin and sculptor Una Troubridge (18871963), wife of Vice-Admiral Ernest Troubridge. Batten died the following year, and in 1917 Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge began living together.
Hall was living here with her partner Una when the scandal (driven by a Sunday Express campaign) of her banned novel broke. She lived here between 1924 and 1929.
The book was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK, which resulted in all copies of the novel being ordered destroyed.