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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
9th April 1978 S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was born in Southgate,
9th April 1914 World, Flesh and the Devil, the 1st colour film, shown in London.
9th April 1906 Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell was born in Kensington.
9th April 1838 The National Gallery opens in its new home off Trafalgar Square.
9th April 1413 The Coronation of Henry V in Westminster Abbey.
9th April 1269 Edmund of Crouchback, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz in Westminster Abbey.
Samuel Beckett lived here
Irish author Sam Beckett lived in a bedsit here.
Location: 34 Gertrude Street, Chelsea, SW10 0JG
Description: Irish author, poet and dramatist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) lived here from 1934-37.
Like many many young South Africans today, Beckett came to London and lived in a bedsit here for a while. Number 34 Gertrude Street was owned by a Mr and Mrs Frost, who, like many proprietors of boarding houses or houses with rooms to let, were retired servants, he having been a chauffeur and she a ladies' maid.