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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th June 2016 David Camerons Nightmare - the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union.

24th June 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London

24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)

24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London

24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

142 The Strand



142 The Strand

The home of John Chapman, 19th century literary + social magnet

Location: 142 The Strand, London, WC2R 1HH

Description: 142 Strand was the home of the brilliant, unconventional young publisher John Chapman. All the daring and avant-garde writers and thinkers of Victorian London gathered here, among them Thomas Carlyle, Dickens, Thackeray, John Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, and the scientist Thomas Henry Huxley (Darwin's 'bulldog'), as well as visiting Americans like Emerson, refugees from revolutionary Europe like Mazzini, and radical feminists like Barbara Leigh Smith, later founder of Girton College, Cambridge.

They contributed to Chapman's campaigning Westminster Review and attended his lively evening parties.

In 1851, Chapman brought Marian Evans - the future George Eliot - to London to edit the Review. Her arrival caused rows in the household, which included Chapman's wife and also his mistress.

The story is immortalised in the 2006 book by Rosemary Ashton.


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142 The Strand

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