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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th January 1936 Born today: Noel Harrison, London, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE)
26th January 1926 Television first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in London.
26th January 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony, premieres in London
26th January 1904 Wealthy mining entrepreneur Whitaker Wright is convicted of fraud and immediately commits suicide by swallowing cyanide at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The White Lodge
Where Nelson laid out his battle plans for Trafalgar.
Location: Richmond Park, Richmond
Description: White Lodge is a Grade I listed Georgian house situated in Richmond Park, housing the Royal Ballet Lower School. It was however formerly a royal residence and the birthplace of Edwards VIII.
It was built as a hunting lodge for George II, by the architect Roger Morris, and construction began shortly after his accession to the throne in 1727, and completed in 1730.
Queen Caroline, consort of George II, stayed here often and, on her death in 1737, it passed to her friend Sir Robert Walpole, the Prime Minister. After his death, it passed to Queen Caroline's daughter, Princess Amelia in 1751.
On the 10th September 1805, six weeks prior to the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson visited Lord Sidmouth here and laid out his battle plan to him.
The White Lodge then returned to royal use in 1923, during the honeymoon of Prince Albert, Duke of York and the Duchess of York.