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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Poet Stevie Smith's House
This is where poet Stevie Smith lived.
Location: 1 Avondale Road, Palmers Green
Description: Stevie Smith was born Florence Margaret Smith in 1903 in Hull, Yorkshire. She moved with her mother and sister to Palmer's Green, where they lived here with her aunt. Stevie spent the rest of her life with her aunt, and worked as a private secretary. She passed away in 1971.
One of her poems is a tribute to the house and its inhabitants; A House of Mercy.