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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
The PM's Street
Named after Cromwell's Scoutmaster General - Sir George Downing
Location: Downing Street, SW1
Description: As we all know, this is quite a famous street, and the Prime Minister is certain to say it's because of the government and England's parliament...but that would be just wrong!
In fact this street is named after a Scoutmaster General (basically a director of military intelligence) of Oliver Cromwell's army.
Sir George Downing was a diplomat, spy and turncoat - dubbed as the 'perfidious rogue' and 'ungrateful villain' - even his own mother disliked him. He was Cromwell's Ambassador at the Hague and from 1670 secretary to the Treasury, and it seems...not a nice man!
Tagged in this Tour: Top 10 London Landmarks: Gold