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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th February 2010 Abbey Road Studio's put up for sale by EMI due to increasing debts.

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



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

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The PM's Street

Named after Cromwell's Scoutmaster General - Sir George Downing


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