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The Great London Ghost Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th October 2003 Singer Amy Winehouses's debut album Frank released.

20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.go to related location

20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.

20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)

20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.go to related location

20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times

20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

Vampire author lived here



Vampire author lived here

John Polidori, father of Vampire novels, lived and died here.

Location: 38 Great Pulteney Street, London

Description: John William Polidori was Lord Byron's physician, and one night in July 1816 Byron had read a collection of horror stories one night to a group including Polidori and Mary Shelley. Byron suggested a competition to write the best ghost story.

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and Polidori wrote The Vampyre, one of the most influential titles in gothic literature.

Byron dismissed the book and dismissed him, but on Polidori's return to England he found that his story had been published under Byron's name in a magazine.

He was counter accused of plagiarism and his career never recovered, he took his own life here by drinking Prussic acid on 24th August 1821.

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Vampire author lived here

John Polidori, father of Vampire novels, lived and died here.


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