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Westfield Stratford City East
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The Rolling Stones London Tour
The Rolling Stones London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)

23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)

23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.

23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating

23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London

23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.

Site of Durham House



Site of Durham House

Splendid Durham House used to be here, site of Anne Boleyns end.

Location: Durham House Street, Strand, London

Description: Durham House Street and John Adam Street now occupy the area that was once Durham House and its grounds. Henry VIII requisitioned the property from the church for his own purposes, and it was in the cellars which are still here today that he locked up Anne Boleyn after she had failed to bear him an heir.

Many Bishop lived here, but also Simon de Montfort, Catherine of Aragon, Cardinal Wolsey, Princess Elizabeth (afterwards Queen Elizabeth I), and Sir Walter Raleigh.

After the Civil War it fell into disuse, and it was not until 1768 that the celebrated Adam brothers took a lease on the site and began to develop it as the Adelphi.

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