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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1961 Matt Johnson, lead singer of The The, was born in London.
15th August 1950 Princess Anne, was born in St James Palace, London.
15th August 1946 Comedy actor and presenter Tony Robinson was born in Homerton, London.
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
15th August 1858 Childrens author Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, London.
Harris's List: Mrs Williams
This is where Mrs Williams, late 18th century prostitute lived.
Location: 17 Pitt Street, Kensington, London
Description: Reproduced from Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, 1793.
Fond she is and e'er will be.
Of our king's new guineas.
This is a fine tall lady, about twenty-four, a very fine figure, just returned from Brighton, has been in dock to have her bottom cleaned and fresh coppered, where she has washed away all the impurities of prostitution, and risen almost immaculate, like Venus, from the waves.
She is now fit to carry any burthren, and sails from the rate of ten to twelves notches an hour. If the Spring and even the Summer of her beauty be past, she is not without hopes of a fruitful autumn.
She at present has a young man of the pen who is her favourite, and lives on the first floor. Her footing is rather superior to the common run, and expects five pieces, but being often disappointed, is very well pleased with two or three.
Note: image does not reflect the person but the theme.