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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.
OXO Tower, the classic advertising loophole exploitation.
Location: South Bank, London
Description: The site was used by James I as a barge house, and it continued to be used a such until the late 18th Century.
The Liebig Extract of Meat Company bought it in 1927 for 75,000, and Albert Moore was employed as Architect to design a landmark building.
The initial proposal included spelling out the company name in electric lights which was refused, but when Moore came back with OXO, (at the time a subsidiary company of the Liebig empire) which he claimed was an elemental geometric form on all four sides of the building, the Oxo sign could no longer be classified as an advert.
Now it's housing an art gallery, a top class restaurant, and some exclusive boutiques, all with fabulous views of London and the River Thames.
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