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The Beatles take London
The Beatles take London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th January 1985 Irish Steptoe actor Wilfrid Brambell died of cancer in Westminster, London aged 72.go to related location

18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)

18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London

18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum

Colour Mauve invented here



Colour Mauve invented here

The inventor of key Mauve dye worked on the top floor here.

Location: Cable Street, London

Description: Here on the wall of Gosling House at the junction of Cable Street and King David Lane is a plaque celebrating the man who invented the colour Mauve. ish.

William (Henry) Perkin (1838-1907) lived here and a young student of chemistry. At the age of 17, he was trying to make quinine synthetically to be used as a cure for malaria in the laboratory on the top floor of his home here. One of his unsuccessful attempts produced a brilliant mauve liquid dye.

Spotting this potential, he discovered other colours and went on to manufacture them on a large scale. He therefore started the modern chemical industry of producing synthetic dyes.

It is thought that his mauveine was used in the printing of the penny lilac stamp of Queen Victoria.

The plaque is blue not mauve sadly.

Tagged in this Tour: The London Inventions Tour

Themes: ScienceScience Theme  IndustryIndustry Theme
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Colour Mauve invented here

The inventor of key Mauve dye worked on the top floor here.


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