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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
Bow Street Magistrates Court
Bow Street magistrates was here, where the Krays were charged.
Location: Bow Street, Covent Garden, London
Description: Although the magistrates system started a lot earlier, the Bow Street magistrates opened in 1881, and has seen many famous names pass through its doors, including Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, and the Kray Twins.
It was at the court's former premises - across the road from its current site in London's Covent Garden - that the fledgling magistrates system took shape from 1739 under Sir Thomas De Veil. In 1750, the Bow Street Runners, who paved the way for the modern police force, were formed there.
The court was closed in July 2006 and is to be redeveloped as a luxury hotel.
Tagged in this Tour: The Krays in London