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17th March 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.go to related location

17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)

17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.

17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.

17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)

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

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Colour Mauve invented here

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

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