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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
William Blake lived here.
The great English poet William Blake lived and wrote here.
Location: 28 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QP
Description: After Blake dissolved his partnership as a print seller with James Parker in 1785 he moved to No. 28 Poland Street. Blake lived here until 1791, when he moved to Lambeth.
Blake and his wife, Catherine Sophia Boucher, had moved to Poland Street by Christmas of 1785. The residence was exceedingly narrow and backed onto a timber yard behind the garden.
While he was there Blake engraved the illustrations for Songs of Innocence, The Book of Thel, and Tiriel in 1789 and in 1790 he completed work on The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
The house was rebuilt in the late nineteenth century.