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22nd September 2000 Patsy Kensit divorces Liam Gallagher in London.

22nd September 1924 Illustrator and author Charles Keeping was born in Lambeth.go to related location

22nd September 1891 Footballer and writer Charlie Buchan was born in Plumstead.

22nd September 1870 5-time British Wimbledon tennis champion Charlotte Cooper was born in Ealing.

22nd September 1788 Author, practical joker and inventor of the postcard, Theodore Hook, was born in London.go to related location

22nd September 1761 The Coronation of George III in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

22nd September 1735 Robert Walpole the first British Prime Minister to live at 10 Downing Street.go to related location

22nd September 1694 Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, creator of Gregorian calendar, was born in London.

Biker Denis Johnson worked here



Biker Denis Johnson worked here

The inventor of the hobby horse or first bicycle worked here.

Location: 69-75 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London

Description: Denis Johnson was a London coachmaker (1760-1833), married to Mary Newman in St Annes Church, Soho in 1792 and they had 2 daughters. He worked out of 75 Long Acre here for about 15 years from 1818.

Coachmaking was a main industry in this part of Covent Garden. About this time the 2-wheel velocipede was introduced by the German nobleman, Karl Von Drais and Johnson obtained one of these wooden machines and, seeing the potential it had, set about improving it.

His professional skills as a coachmaker enabled him to make an elegant machine which he patented and called the pedestrian curricle and then the hobby horse, it became Britains first bicycle and Regency dandies made them very popular.

The craze only lasted about three years and Johnson continued as a coachmaker until he died on Christmas Day 1833. The family business continued to trade here until 1867.

Tony Banks MP, the late Minister for Sport, unveiled the plaque in 1998.


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Biker Denis Johnson worked here

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