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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th December 1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured

17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals

17th December 1936 Born today: Tommy Steele, London, singer/actor ( a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow)

17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)

Site of huge gunpowder explosion



Site of huge gunpowder explosion

Here was the scene of a disastrous Gunpowder explosion.

Location: 43 Great Tower Street, London

Description: Rose court, nearby was named after the Rose Tavern a lively pub that was here in the 17th Century.

On one Monday night in January 1649, a Tower Street resident, Robert Porter, a ship chandler - or provisions dealer - was storing 27 barrels of gunpowder in his house to be loaded onto a ship the following day.

Also on the street, a group of gentlemen, merchants, tradesmen... of very good quality were indulging in a parish feast here in the Rose Tavern, while at about 8pm that night, a Mr Dunne, staying with his mother-in-law, a midwife, was getting ready for bed.

But a sudden and disastrous explosion devastated the pub, dozens of houses and killing 67 people.

Of the Rose customers, 16 perished - including, according to one report, the landlady who was found sitting upright at the bar.

Mr Dunne was hurled into the nearby churchyard and died, and houses belonging to a shoemaker and two merchants were also utterly defaced, one contemporary account said.

And legend has it that the force of the blast threw a baby girl in her crib from a house to the top of the church tower - where she was found alive and well the next day.


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Site of huge gunpowder explosion

Here was the scene of a disastrous Gunpowder explosion.


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