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Westfield Stratford City East
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TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th May 1959 Born today: Cathryn Harrison, London England, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon)

25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)

25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London

Jonas Hanway's Handy Gadget



Jonas Hanway's Handy Gadget

First Englishman in London to use an umbrella - 1750.

Location: Hanway House, Red Lion Square, WC1R

Description: A long time ago, 1750 to be exact, Jonas Hanway did a fine thing for Londoner's everywhere... he will go down in history as the first Englishman to use an umbrella in London.

As an intrepid explorer and traveller of Russia and Persia, it seems nothing could have prepared him for the 'scorn of the mob' that he endured when using this strange rain deflector.

But of course...by the time of his death in 1786, umbrella's were in common use and completely indispensable!

Tagged in this Tour: The London Inventions Tour

Themes: HistoricalHistorical Theme  QuirkyQuirky Theme
Ranking This Month: 1796/2771
Pages Hit This Month: 49
Link to This Page: http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location/888
Credits: Judy Lloyd

Jonas Hanway's Handy Gadget

First Englishman in London to use an umbrella - 1750.


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