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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
Charlie Chaplin's Home
One of comedian Charlie Chaplin's childhood homes.
Location: 289 Kennington Road, Kennington, WC2E 7LB
Description: When future cinema legend Charlie Chaplin was 9 (this was 1898) his mother was committed to an asylum, and Charlie and his brother went to stay with their estranged father here in Kennington Road.
Chaplin senior resided here with his mistress, Louise, and their small son, who was four years younger than Charlie.
When his mother Hannah was released, he left and went to stay with her.