On 22 March 1963 the Beatles debut studio album, Please, Please Me was released. After discovering that the Cavern Club in Liverpool was unsuitable for live recording purposes they recorded live at EMI Studios in Abbey Road. At 10:00 am on Monday, 11 February 1963, the Beatles began working their way through their live set song by song, the number of takes varying on each, and finished at 10:45 pm – less than 13 hours later.
On 22 March 1888 the English Football League was formed at a meeting instigated by Aston Villa of 12 clubs in the Anderton Hotel, Fleet Street
The average weight of a City of London policeman in the early 20th century was twenty-two stone, we have no record of their current size
A clock tower in Market Road N7 is all that remains of the market which replaced Smithfield as London’s live cattle market in 1855
According to the burial register at St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch Thomas Cam died in 1588 at the ripe old age of 207
On 22 March 1963 The Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, denied any impropriety with the model, Christine Keeler
Itchycoo Park (recorded by the Small Faces) is actually Manor Park Cemetery, Sebert Road, Forest Gate and not some bucolic scene
On Tower Hill is an entrance to the 1870 Tower Subway, there you could ride under the river in a carriage pulled by cable
Harold Thornton invented table football in 1922 attempting to recreate Spurs with a box of matches, play it at Bar Kick, Shoreditch High Street
A 2011 study suggested 30 per cent of passengers take longer routes due to the out-of-scale distances on the Tube map
Vine Street, Spitalfields was where John Dolland of Dolland and Aitchison opened his optical workshop in the 1740s
On 22 March 1942 London’s Warship Week was launched in Trafalgar Square with the aim to raise £125m to fund the war, the first day it raised £27 million
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5 thoughts on “London Trivia: The Beatles debut album”
And there was us East London suburbans thinking Itchycoo Park was Valentines Park in ilford…
A long time ago I would take the children to Valentines to feed the squirrels.
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I spent my teenage weekends there in the ’60s
I haven’t been back there for years.
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I walked the dogs there when my daughter was living in Balfour road a couple of years ago. not a lot has changed (except the swimming pool). She’s in Hainault now with two grandchildren and the others are in Bethnal Green, so I doubt we’ll be visiting any parks together this summer.