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17th March 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.go to related location

17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)

17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.

17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.

17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)

Site of Lord Byrons famous duel

Site of Lord Byrons famous duel

This is where Lord Byron famously killed his neighbour in a duel

Location: 100 Pall Mall

Description: This is the site where the Star and Garter inn was until around 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.

It is also the site where in 1807 gas lighting was first demonstrated in England by German inventor Frederick Winsor, originally Friedrich Albrecht Winzer (1763-1830), one of the pioneers of gas lighting in Europe.

William Matthews 1827 book An Historical Sketch of the Origin, Progress & Present State of Gas-Lighting says that : Mr Winsor removed his exhibitions to Pall Mall, where, early in 1807 (28 January), he lighted up a part of one side of the street, which was the first instance of this kind of light being applied to such a purpose in London.

Winsor gets the green plaque instead of Byron.

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Site of Lord Byrons famous duel

This is where Lord Byron famously killed his neighbour in a duel

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Although the picture used here is of the poet Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron), the Lord Byron who fought the duel was actually the poets granduncle, William Byron, 5th Baron Byron. It took place in 1765. (Jen)
Posted by Jen on 2009-07-07
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