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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th March 1944 Tippett's oratorium Child of Our Time, premieres in London
The Original Hatchard's
Hatchards is the oldest surviving bookshop in Britain.
Location: 173 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EJ
Description: This is the location of the original Hatchard's bookshop - one of the oldest (founded in 1797) and most famous bookshops in Europe - and booksellers to the Royal Household.
Literary figures have always frequented Hatchards - Queen Charlotte, Disraeli, Lord Byron, Wellington, Macaulay, Kipling, Chesteron, Oscar Wilde - and many more.
Aided perhaps by the shortness of his name, Sir Alec Rose, the yachtsman, signed 1250 copies of his book during just one session, a record still unbroken!