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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd September 1924 Illustrator and author Charles Keeping was born in Lambeth.
22nd September 1891 Footballer and writer Charlie Buchan was born in Plumstead.
22nd September 1870 5-time British Wimbledon tennis champion Charlotte Cooper was born in Ealing.
22nd September 1788 Author, practical joker and inventor of the postcard, Theodore Hook, was born in London.
22nd September 1761 The Coronation of George III in Westminster Abbey.
22nd September 1735 Robert Walpole the first British Prime Minister to live at 10 Downing Street.
22nd September 1694 Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, creator of Gregorian calendar, was born in London.
Hackney's Mole Man
This is where Hackney's infamous and surreal Mole Man lives.
Location: Mortimer Road, Hackney, London
Description: This is where Hackney's mole man has been tunnelling for the past 40 years. William Lyttle, owns this dilapidated 20-room, four-storey house on the corner of Mortimer Road and Stamford Road, De Beauvoir.
Structural experts warned that a double decker bus could plunge through the street outside Mr Lyttle's home due to the maze of tunnels which extend 60 feet in all directions.
Retired joiner Eric Bussey, who lives across the road from Mr Lyttle, said: He has been digging these holes for God knows how long. Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said that the tunneller would dig straight down for over 50ft and stop once he was bored. He would then fill the hole with concrete, which he claimed would prevent his home from subsiding.
Neighbour Susan Bunker has lived across the road from the eccentric digger for eight years. I once asked him what he was doing. He replied 'I'm building a swimming pool as part of a health club for ladies'.
Tagged in this Tour: Great London Eccentrics Tour