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Westfield Stratford City East
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The London Riots Tour
The London Riots Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th August 1999 Jef Smith, a Freeman of the City of London, drove a herd of two sheep across Tower Bridge.

19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London

19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London

19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.go to related location

19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

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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Lord Byron & 1st ever plaque

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


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