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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th August 1990 Actress Rachel Hurd-Wood was born in Streatham, London.
17th August 1968 Actress Helen McCrory was born in Paddington, London.
17th August 1798 Medical pioneer Thomas Hodgkin was born in Pentonville, London.
Home of WB Adams railway pioneer
Sunnybank home to railway pioneer William Bridges Adams.
Location: 9 Woodbury Hill, Loughton, Essex
Description: William Bridges Adams (1797-1872), railway pioneer who invented the railway fishplate and in someplaces credited with the original idea for the Crystal Palace; lived here.
He was married to Sarah Flower Adams (1805-1848) the famous hymn writer (or hymnodist!) who wrote Nearer My God to Thee (pictured).
The Sunnybank house was designed by famous architect James Cubitt in 1889 but now divided into 2 houses. There was an earlier house here dating from 1715.