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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.
22nd February 1940 Born today: Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)
22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)
22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)
22nd February 1868 Celebrated magician David Devant born David Wighton in Holloway, London.
22nd February 1684 Born today: William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)
Oak Hill Parks Famous Tree
Joanna Southcott's religious inspiration and odd tree fire.
Location: Church Hill Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire
Description: In the early 1930s an ancient oak tree within this Park and alongside Church Hill Road burst into flames on a clear summer day.
When no apparent cause could be found for the conflagration, the mysterious phenomena of spontaneous combustion was suggested. But speculation developed rapidly and has never been resolved, particularly when it was noted that this tree was not just one of many.
It had a special distinction.
This was the actual oak tree under which the famous 18th century religious visionary and prophetess Joanna Southcott, used to sit during her many visits to friends in East Barnet. It was here that she was said to have received the inspiration that she was the woman described in Chapter 12 of The Bible’s Book of Revelation, leading to her many predictions and secrets supposedly contained after her death in the infamous Joanna Southcott’s box about which controversy has never totally subsided.
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