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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
Jack Straw's Castle
This historical coaching Inn is the highest pub in London.
Location: North End Way , London, NW3 7ES
Description: Fabulous views across the heath from this old Hampstead coaching Inn which is believed to be the highest pub in London.
Now it's a grade II listed building dating from 1721, and it's moniker deriving from Jack Straw, a comrade of Wat Tyler, leader of the 1381 peasants revolt against King Richard II.
'Jack Straw' addressed groups of peasants on Hampstead Heath from a hay wagon, which was known as Jack Straw's Castle. It is speculated however that Jack Straw may have been an alias for Wat Tyler.