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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
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.