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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
Dickens based 'Our Mutual Friend' on this pub.
Location: 76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8BP
Description: This seems to be the pub that Dickens bases the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters on in Our Mutual Friend (although there is some debate) - so it has something of a place in Britain's literary history.
It's reputed that the young Charles Dickens was made to stand on a table and sing to the customers.
There are unsavoury stories of watermen taking drunks from this pub to drown drown in the river, then selling their corpses for medical dissection.
Actor Sir Ian McKellan is part owner of this pub that formerly was The Bunch of Grapes.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London