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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Stokenchurch Shoe Tree
Theres a tree here that people throw their shoes up.
Location: Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch, Middle
Description: There's a little ash tree by the side of the road here that has loads of pairs of shoes thrown up it.
A local tale surrounding the tree suggests newly-wed couples would tie together one shoe each and throw them over the tree's branches to aid fertility.
It is believed this practice has pagan origins, and has been carried on by a handful of people.
Another more sinister explanation is that the shoes were thrown up as a ritual in witchcraft to put a hex on an unfortunate individual.
Tagged in this Tour: Quirky London