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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
The Colonnade Town House
This is where Alan Turing was born in 1921.
Location: 2 Warrington Crescent, London, W91ER
Description: Originally built as two private homes in the 1800s, this hotel has experienced life as a hospital - the original and highly unusual lift which was used to carry stretchers and trolleys up to the operating theatre still works - and a ladies dormitory.
The mathematician responsible for breaking the Enigma code, Alan Turing, was born here in 1921, and the original bed constructed for John F. Kennedy's state visit in 1962 is still here.
From the Freud suite - Sigmund the world famous psychoanalyst visited this in 1938 en route to buying his Hampstead home.