On 19 June 1960 Nan Winton, an experienced journalist, began a job reading the 6pm news and weekend bulletins on Sunday evenings. BBC audience research concluded that viewers thought that a woman reading the ‘Late News’ was ‘not acceptable’ and so she was removed in March 1961.
On 19 June 1978 Ian Botham was the first cricketer to score a century and take 8 wickets in one Test match innings against Pakistan at Lord’s
The 1839 Metropolitan Police Act, s.60, ss.3 makes it an offence to dust off your carpet outside in London after 8am punishable by £200 fine
Artillery Lane Spitalfields is named after the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company here before moving to Moorgate
Jimi Hendrix’s last performance was at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, on the day before he died – a jam with Eric Burdon
On 19 June 1944 a V1 or Doodlebug fell on Wellington Barracks killing Lord Edward Hay and several friends of the Royal family
Now demolished, Nicholl House on the Woodberry Down Estate, Hackney was the backdrop for the Warsaw Ghetto in the film Schindler’s List
When Peter the Great stayed in the Deptford home of John Evelyn in 1698 he trashed his garden and drank his wine
Ping-pong bar Bounce at 121 Holborn is on the site where John Jacques created and patented the game in 1901
Roding Valley is the least used station on the London Underground network – it has fewer passengers in a year than Victoria has in a day
18th century Author Dr Johnson tried making pots at the Chelsea China Works but they kept collapsing and he gave up
Prince Edward had collected so many mistresses that a special pew was reserved for them at his coronation: it was known as the ‘Loose Box’
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2 thoughts on “London Trivia: Mens’ work”
I once told someone that Czar Street in Deptford was so named because Peter The Great lived nearby, to study shipbuilding. They thought I was joking, and refused to believe he had ever lived in London.
Best wishes, Pete.
That’s a great bit of trivia. Thanks for the comment b