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The London Riots Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd August 1945 Noel Coward's revue Sigh no More, premieres in London.

22nd August 1937 Born today: Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)

22nd August 1925 Actress Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore-Goldfinger) was born today in Plaistow, East London.go to related location

22nd August 1916 Born today: John Slater, London England, actor (Deadlock, Cartel, Devil's Pass)

22nd August 1866 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies

22nd August 1620 Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier at St Giles-without-Cripplegate.go to related location

Kenneth Williams lived here



Kenneth Williams lived here

Kenneth Williams lived and died here - from a suspected overdose

Location: 8 Marlborough House, Osnaburgh Street

Description: This is where legendary carry on comedian 'ooh matron' lived in from 1972 until his death here on the 15th April 1988.

In later years Williams' health declined, along with that of his elderly mother, and his depression deepened. He died on 15 April 1988 from an overdose of barbiturates. An inquest recorded an open verdict into his death as it was not possible to establish whether his death was the result of suicide or an accident.

The last sentence Williams wrote in his diary:

By 6.30 pain in the back was pulsating as it's never done before so this, plus the stomach trouble combines to torture me oh what's the bloody point?

The flat was later bought by Rob Brydon and Julia Davis for the writing of their dark comedy series, Human Remains.

The building was due to be demolished in a controversial regeneration scheme agreed in 2006.

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Kenneth Williams lived here

Kenneth Williams lived and died here - from a suspected overdose


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Marlborough House has indeed since been demolished and on 10th October 2009 a new blue plaque to Williams was unveiled at 57 Marchmont Street at the flat where Williams grew up (1935-56) above the barbers shop his father used to run. (Michael Coates)
Posted by Michael Coates on 2009-10-11
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