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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
A Stiff Collar's The Clue
Picadilly - named after a 'stiff collar' or 'Picadil'.
Location: Piccadilly, SW1
Description: London's traditions are far and wide and it's history is the envy of the world. And so to Piccadilly - why - well it's name comes from days gone by.
In fact the area was named after a 'stiff collar', or as they were known and worn by Elizabethan dandies, 'picadils'.
A tailor called Robert Blake made a fortune selling them from his shop in the strand. With all his hard-earned cash, he went into build a large 'country' house just north of Piccadilly Circus in about 1612 - locals christened the house 'Piccadilly Hall' - and the name stuck