London Trivia: Lights – camera – action

On 14 January 1896 the first public film show to an audience took place at the Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, Birt Acres, a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society demonstrated his Kineopticon system to Society members and their wives. Acres had last year previously made the first successful movie in Britain filming Clovelly Cottage outside his Barnet home. He is credited with inventing the first amateur cine camera.

On 14 January 1926 Actor Warren Mitchell was born Stoke Newington he was of Russian Jewish descent and originally surnamed Misell

Wapping’s Execution Dock was similar to that at Tyburn and Newgate but dealt with executions for piracy, murder at sea and mutiny

Smithfield Market was designed by Sir Horace Jones who also designed Billingsgate and Leadenhall markets and Tower Bridge

There is a mosquito named after the Tube the London Underground mosquito, which was found in the London Underground. notable for its assault of Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz

The Red Flag was inspired by a guard’s flag at Charing Cross station as the song’s writer travelled home from a dock strike meeting in 1889

The Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury in Avenue was built in 1886 on the site of William Hunter’s dissecting room and anatomy theatre

Samuel Scott’s speciality was tying a noose around his neck jumping off dancing in the air and returning safely-at Waterloo bridge – he didn’t

In 1874 an ice rink, the Glacarium, opened on the King’s Road, Chelsea. Freezing was achieved by means of a rotary engine and pump

There were no loos on early trains with foresight those with weak bladders purchased ‘travelling conveniences’ of rubber strapped to the leg

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge when a more humble Kate Middleton worked as a buyer at Jigsaw Clothing Store, 9 Argyll Street, Regent Street

On 14 January 1929 two Harley Street surgeons committed suicide by cutting their own throats after donating their instruments to a hospital

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