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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)
24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.
Site of Lord Byrons famous duel
This is where Lord Byron famously killed his neighbour in a duel
Location: 100 Pall Mall, London
Description: Here on the site of 100 Pall Mall was the Star and Garter until 1905, and then the Carlton Club until 1940.
It was here that lord Byron challenged his neighbour Mr Chaworth to a duel over how many manors a mutual neighbour (Charles Sedley) owned.
They met on the staircase and a waiter escorted them to a room on the first floor where Byron fatally wounded Chaworth, with Chaworth uttering when a doctor arrived that he had not long to live, and that he forgave Lord Byron.
He died the following day, and Byron was taken to the tower for 3 months until he was tried and found not guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter, but (as a peer) he pleaded Benefit of Clergy and got clean off.
Tagged in this Tour: Dark London