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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th May 1958 Premiere of Harold Pinter's Birthday Party, in London

19th May 1957 Born today: Sophia Crawford, London England, actress (Power Rangers)

19th May 1945 The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was born in Chiswick, London.

19th May 1939 Born today: James Fox, London England, actor (Greystoke)

19th May 1931 Actor Trevor Peacock, Vicar of Dibley, was born in London.

19th May 1536 Queen Anne Boleyn is executed on Tower Hill, London.

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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Credits: Judy Lloyd

The PM's Street

Named after Cromwell's Scoutmaster General - Sir George Downing


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