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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

A Stiff Collar's The Clue



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


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A Stiff Collar's The Clue

Picadilly - named after a 'stiff collar' or 'Picadil'.


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