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The Rolling Stones London Tour
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17th March 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.go to related location

17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)

17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)

17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)

17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.

17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.

17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)

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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