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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
Poor Lazarus Isaacs
Where Lazarus Isaacs stole stole socks and sent to Australia.
Location: Tower Street, London, WC2H 9TW
Description: This is where the 20 year old Lazarus Isaacs in April 1793 stole 6 shillings and 6 pence (six and six) worth of stockings in Tower Street and upon conviction transported to Australia for seven years.
The proceedings of the Old Bailey detail the evidence of four witnesses again poor Lazarus. One of them, Peter Kerle, gave this testimony: 'I am a lighterman by trade. On Friday evening, about seven or eight o'clock, I was coming up Tower Street, I heard the cry of stop thief, the prisoner came running down the street, and I stopped him, and just before I stopped him, I saw him drop something from under his pocket . . . he attempted to get away from me, he dragged me seven or eight yards, but I held him pretty fast.'
Still, seems harsh!
Today the street is dominated by the Victorian school building now owned by theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.