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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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.
St George the Martyr and Dickens
The church mentioned in Dickens' Little Dorritt.
Location: Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 1JA
Description: This church is also known as Little Dorrits Church, and was the scene for the baptism and marriage of a Dickens heroine (in his novel Little Dorrit). In fact his father was imprisoned for
debt in the Marshalsea prison next door the surviving wall of which adjoins the north side of the churchyard.
Dickens lived in nearby Lant Street
as a teenager, before he began his literary career. There is a small representation of Little Dorritt in the east window of the church.
The second version of this church appears on some early maps and drawings of Southwark and can be seen in Hogarths picture of Southwark Fair in 1733. It was demolished 2-3 years alter and rebuilt in it's current guise.