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The London Riots Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th August 1989 Marchioness river crash disaster between cruiser and barge kills 30 people.

20th August 1978 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London

20th August 1978 Two dead after El Al crew ambushed in Mayfair.

20th August 1923 London harbor strike ends

20th August 1909 Born today: Andre Morell, London England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles)

The Crown of villainy



The Crown of villainy

This used to be a hotbed of villainy police would even avoid it.

Location: 43 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9EW

Description: This pub used to be called The Clock House on account of the old timepiece that it still displays. It used to be the centre of an area renowned for criminal behaviour.

The pub itself was a hot bed of villainy where the King of the Pickpockets held his nightly court. Apparently, the police would stand outside, helpless to intervene, and would ‘no more think of entering therein than into the cage of a cobra’.

If a man lost a dog, the reward was offered there; if one's watch disappeared, it was there that immediate application was desirable; and if the emissary was not saucy he might with luck save it from the melting-pot that simmered all day and all night within fifty feet of Aldridge's horse repository.


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The Crown of villainy

This used to be a hotbed of villainy police would even avoid it.


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