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The London Tennis Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

Dickens 1st Love lived here



Dickens 1st Love lived here

This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell

Location: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA

Description: It was here that Maria Beadnell (1811-86) lived with her family. She was Charles Dickens' first live, and he was smitten with her for four years to the point where it's rumoured she had agreed to a clandestine engagement.

Her family sent her away to finishing school in France to get her away from him, and she returned a lot less keen on Dickens. Mr. Beadnell was a banker. He felt that Charles was too young and lacking in prospects to be considered a serious suitor.

He continued to pine for her and even stalked her for a while after the relationship was finished.

It's thought that the youthful Maria later inspired the character of Dora in David Copperfield.

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Dickens 1st Love lived here

This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell


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