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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)
19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)
19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.
Charles II 's Special Road
A special route home for the King, and his subjects.
Location: King's Road, SW3
Description: Indeed, the 'naval of swinging London' in the sixties, the King's Road still has that special thing. Ultra-fashionable at the time, the King's Road is an excellent shopping street that starts on the beautiful, tree-lined Sloane Square.
But it did serve a more interesting purpose around the time of Charles II (the King) in the mid 1600s. In fact he used the road to travel from Whitehall to his palace at Hampton Court.
Originally a twisting path beginning at Eaton Square, subjects of Charles II were also able to use the road but only on production of a pass stamped with the words - 'The King's Private Road'.
What a pass!
Tagged in this Tour: Elizabethan & Stuart London