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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd October 1996 Chelsea director and businessman Matthew Harding killed in helicopter crash.

22nd October 1960 Charlton Athletic Football Club draw 6-6 against Middlesborough.

22nd October 1941 Born today: Charles Keating, London England, actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World)

22nd October 1938 Actor Derek Jacobi, was born in Leytonstone, London.

22nd October 1910 Millwall open their new ground The Den after 4 previous grounds on Isle of Dogs.

22nd October 1904 QPR Football Club play their first game at their new ground Loftus Road.

22nd October 1897 World's 1st car dealer opens in London.

AV Roe's Flying Machine



AV Roe's Flying Machine

This is where the first airplane in Britain was designed.

Location: 47 West Hill, Wandsworth

Description: It was here in 1907 that aviation pioneer A. V. Roe built his first full-sized aircraft, and subsequently flying it in the early hours of the morning on Putney Heath without the Conservators' permission.

Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe (18771958) left the Merchant Navy in 1902 to work in the design of vehicles, becoming a draughtsman in the car industry (Brotherton and Crockers Limited).

In 1906 the Daily Mail offered a prize for model aeroplanes capable of sustained mechanical flight. Roe won first prize encouraging him to build an aeroplane which would be able to carry him aloft. A half-used stable behind the surgery here of his brother (Dr Spencer Verdon Roe), was ideal and construction of the began in 1907.

He flew his early prototypes on Walthamstow Marshes was the location of Roe's later attempts to build and fly his early aeroplanes.


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AV Roe's Flying Machine

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