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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th March 1979 Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, premieres in London
29th March 1959 Born today: Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
29th March 1871 the Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
29th March 1869 Born today: Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
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.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London