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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
Rossetti's Chelsea Menagerie
This is where artist Dante Rosetti lived with his exotic zoo.
Location: 16 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
Description: Home of painter/poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the 1870's, who infamously kept whatever exotic animals he could lay his hands on in his wild garden. He imported a zebu bull which shortly after arriving attacked it's owner. His armadillo escapd and broke into his neighbours house who thought it was the devil. He tried salamanders, marmots and wombats but not many survived the British climate. He famously annoyed his neighbours so much with one set of additions that his landlord added a clause into all future tenant contracts that 'No peacocks are allowed'.