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The Great London Ghost Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

The Elephant Man lived here



The Elephant Man lived here

Joesph Merrick, cruelly dubbed the Elephant man lived here.

Location: The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB

Description: Joseph Carey Merrick was born in Leicester in 1862 and before he was two he had began to develop tumors on his face.

Most of his life he unemployable, destitute, and stripped of all his self-worth by the ignorance of the people of the day.


Joseph Merrick suffered from a rare disease which was not actually the elephantiasis that provided his unfortunate nickname. But The Proteus Syndrome Man or even worse, The Neurofibromatosis Man, wouldn't be a very good movie title, so the misdiagnosis probably worked out for the best.

He earned some money as part of a show but his real value was to the medical profession, and it was here that they offered him a permanent home on the ground floor of the East wing.

Joseph died on April 11th, 1890.


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The Elephant Man lived here

Joesph Merrick, cruelly dubbed the Elephant man lived here.


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Amazing! I can-t wait! (h)
Posted by h on 2009-08-29
Opposite the Royal London Hospital, the building where the Elephant Man was exhibited is still standing - also on Whitechapel High Street. (Michelle)
Posted by Michelle on 2008-03-12
I intend to visit london. This rare disease that Joesph had really interests me. I would like to go to London one day to see more on him. (abby)
Posted by abby on 2007-11-21
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