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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Samuel Pepys lived here and his ghost is said to haunt here.
Location: 12 Buckingham Street, Westminster, London, WC2N 6DF
Description: Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), diarist and secretary of the Admiralty, lived here 1679-1688 to live with his friend and former secretary William Hewer and lived there until 1688, when he moved next door to number 14 and where he lived until 1701, when he retired to Clapham.
Pepys' blurred, smiling phantom was reported near the staircase of the building several times in 1953.
No 12 Buckingham Street is now home to the Regent London English Language Training School.
There is a plaque outside, affixed in 1947. Oddly, there is also a rather similar plaque on the house next door too.
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London