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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Cricketer WG Grace lived here
The home of beardie cricketing legend WG Grace.
Location: Fairmount, Mottingham Lane, Mottingham, SE9 4RT
Description: W.G. Grace (1848-1915) lived here in Mottingham from 1902-1915. He was a cricketer for Gloucestershire, London County and England, he was a dominant player and personality of his era, with an extraordinary record of achievements.
Born at Bristol, he qualified as a doctor and was a member of a remarkably gifted cricketing family (his brothers Edward and George Frederick were also Test players). He began his first-class career in 1865, played for 43 years and made his last Test appearance aged 50. A large, bearded man, Grace was the finest all-rounder in an age of many notable cricketers.
He played in the first Test match ever held in England against Australia at the Oval in 1880 and made 152, the first Test century by an English batsman.
Grace played in 22 Tests, captained England in 13 of them, scored 1,098 runs, hit 2 centuries, took 9 wickets and made 39 catches.
W.G. Grace was also a fine lawn bowls player and in 1903 became the first president of the English Bowling Association.
He is buried in Elmers End cemetery. The W G Grace Inn was named after him at Elmers End Road, Anerley.