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ON THIS DAY 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.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Lost Bromley New Theatre
The former site of Bromley's New Theatre.
Location: Bromley High Road, Bromley
Description: This is Barclays Bank, on the site of what used to be the Bromley New Theatre.
In 1889 the Grand Hall and Country Club opened here, partly built over a former duck pond. The auditorium contained a large swimming pool, intended to be boarded over when using the hall for dances or theatricals, and above the stage was a tank capable of holding 1,000+ gallons of water. Sadly, it was never used due to an inexplicable crack right across the middle during building, and the idea was thus abandoned. They laid a permanent floor over the pool supported by steel girders.
It was rebuilt in 1899 as The Lyric Theatre seating just under 1,000 people.
It reopened as the New Theatre in December 1947 by a syndicate sponsored by J. Arthur Rank, until it was sadly destroyed by fire on 6th May 1971.
Only Fools and Horses Star David Jason made his first acting break here in a Noel Coward play in 1965.