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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd February 2002 The Millenium Bridge was re-opened after a 5m de-wobbling redesign.

22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.

22nd February 1940 Born today: Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)

22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)

22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)

22nd February 1868 Celebrated magician David Devant born David Wighton in Holloway, London.

22nd February 1684 Born today: William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)

Princess Caroline's Sunken Bath



Princess Caroline's Sunken Bath

All thats left of Montague House, Princess Carolines party house

Location: Charlton Way Entrance, Blackheath Park, Greenwic

Description: This is where Princess Caroline, wife of the Prince Regent George IV's opulent sunken bath remains. Indeed, it's the only thing remaining of her Montague House, which she lived in between 1797 and 1814, when after she had vacated it, her husband raised it to the ground in disgust at her behaviour.

She was renowned for her parties, fun and flirting. George decided to marry his cousin a Brunswick Princess in her own right, but when she arrived in 1795 her husband-to-be was shocked and demanded a shot of brandy. He was no oil painting himself.

One of the Prince Regent's complaints was that she rarely washed, and that she changed her undergarments 'only infrequently', that personal hygiene was an alien concept, and that she ate raw onions!

Caroline died in 1821 and Napoleon died the same year. When a courtier rushed to tell George 'Sire, your greatest enemy is dead!', he replied 'No, by God! Is she?'.

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Princess Caroline's Sunken Bath

All thats left of Montague House, Princess Carolines party house


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