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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)
19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)
19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.
Samuel Pepys witnessed the Great Fire of London, 1666, from here
Location: 34 Bankside, Southwark, SE1 9EF
Description: It was from this pub that Samuel Pepys witnessed the awesome destruction of the Great Fire of London in 1666. He describes the dreadful heat and fire drops falling on him whilst in a boat on the river. He sought refuge in this little alehouse here on Bankside .....and there watched the fire grow.
The Anchor was rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area. This pub was also the star in 'Mission Impossible' - yes... Mr Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames can be seen sharing a pint and a good old chin wag.
There used to be (perhaps still are?) concealed staircases, and a small vertical shaft that gives access to a room in which escaped convicts from the nearby Clink prison reportedly took refuge for a price.
There are plenty of 18th century (and later) features still remaining throughout. How it survived the bombing during the wars is anyones guess.