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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
Drury Lanes Pantomime Fountain
This is where mr pantomime Augustus Harris is commemorated.
Location: Catherine St , London, WC2B 5JF
Description: The fountain here at the entrance to the Drury Lane Theatre contains a design of the common Masonic emblems - the square and compasses. Its a publicly funded memorial to Sir Augustus Harris, who became the lessee of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1879.
Harris was was initiated into the freemasons in 1875 in the lodge of St Clair in Edinburgh, and by 1879 managed this theatre as well as Covent Garden, The Olympic and Her Majesty's. He was also the Sheriff of the city of London and was knighted in 1891.
He founded the Drury Lane Lodge which met at the Drury Lane Theatre, and he was appointed treasurer of the Grand Lodge in 1890.
His lasting legacy is probably as The Father of Modern pantomime, where he took them to a spectacular level never been seen before.
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012