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30th April 1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
30th April 1943 Noel Coward's This Happy Breed, premieres in London
30th April 1763 London Journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower
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30th April 1290 Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester in Westminster Abbey.
The Benbow House Bear Garden
The site of the infamous Southwark bear-baiting pits.
Location: 24 New Globe Walk, Southwark, London
Description: This is the site of one of the most infamous Bear baiting animal fighting pits. Excavations here include a dog kennel and animal-baiting arena dated to the 16th and 17th centuries, and associated butchered bone.
A glasshouse was also found as well as the Bear Gardens pothouse (producing tin-glazed ware) occupied the site in the 17th and earlier 18th centuries, giving way to a foundry and metalworks in the 18th and 19th centuries.