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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
Watching for Bodysnatchers
This is the watchhouse to catch the Wanstead bodysnatchers.
Location: St Marys Church, Wanstead
Description: This small shelter was built in 1813 to mark the grave of the sculptor Joseph Wilton (1722-1803), but later, in the 1830s it provided shelter for the guard employed to keep watch for bodysnatchers.