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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The Rose and Punchbowl
Site of the last Tower of London traitor, Grog; the raven.
Location: 7 Redmans Road, Whitechapel, London
Description: It was here, outside this now demolished pub, that the last traitor from the Tower of London was found after having escaped somehow.
Grog, a raven, managed to get free in 1981 after 21 years solid service.