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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
First Birth Control Clinic
The UK's first birth control clinic was opened here in 1925.
Location: 108 Whitfield Street, Bloomsbury
Description: Dr Marie Stopes was born in 1880 in Edinburgh, and although a family planning pioneer, she was heavily criticised for not being a medical doctor. She opened her first family planning clinic in Holloway in 1921 before establishing it here surrounded by social deprivation four years later with her husband.
They set out to prove that a small team in simple, clean surroundings could provide family planning services to poor women. Today the organisation still exists under the cloud of daily protests from anti-abortionists.
Marie Stopes also pioneered the concept of mobile outreach, taking a horse-drawn caravan into the communities she was trying to reach. She was unafraid of criticism and remarkably wrote Married Love - the UK's first sex manual, at a time when the public had access to very limited information about sex.