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Westfield Stratford City East
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The Rolling Stones London Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd March 1934 Born today: Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)

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.

Lord Byron & 1st ever plaque



Lord Byron & 1st ever plaque

Lord Byron's birth place and site of London's first ever plaque.

Location: 16 Holles Street, London

Description: English poet George Gordon Byron, was born here in London near Cavendish Square, on the 22nd of January 1788.

The romantic poet and satirist, who also was famous in his lifetime for his love affairs, and who created the concept of the 'Byronic hero' - a defiant, melancholy young man, brooding on some mysterious, unforgivable in his past.

Byron's right leg & foot suffered from infantile paralysis while the death of a great-uncle in 1798 gave him his title & money.

But Byron seems to have suffered some form of emotional abuse from his mother by being forced to wear dresses in childhood. For years this was thought to have caused his later homosexuality.

The plaque here on the house was the first ever 'official' plaque to commemorate previous historic events. The house is now long gone to ugly retail developments.

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